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  • $5,400,000.00 settlement involving a seaman who fell from a stairway during fire and boat drill aboard a container ship sustaining quadriplegic injuries. Partners Mellusi and Shisha personally inspected the vessel taking hundreds of measurements and still and videos of every stairway in the ship’s main deck house. The data was compared with the vessel’s design plans in our library which demonstrated the vessel had been negligently constructed in that it failed to follow the naval architect’s original design specifications.
  • $2,400,000 jury award to a licensed marine engineer who sustained permanent knee injuries while attempting to remove a 200 lb. valve from an overhead piping system. Partner Mellusi personally inspected the ship’s engine room taking detailed photos and measurements. A duplicate valve was obtained from a maritime junkyard and was brought into court along with an auto-shop mechanical hoist capable of lifting it 12 feet to demonstrate the vessel lacked suitable means to perform this work safely. The jury award was in top ten verdicts in the United States for a comparable knee injury. The case was tried to verdict in a New York Federal Court.
  • $2,980,000.00 jury award to a ship’s cook for back injury resulting from insufficient procedures for moving ship stores. Case tried in New York federal court.
  • $2,700,000.00 settlement to a mate on a Tanker vessel who sustained multiple fractures.
  • $2,000,000.00 was awarded to a barge deckhand – wrongful death.
  • $1,827,000 awarded to a marine engineer working on a US Government supply vessel who fell into an unguarded ventilation fan causing neck, shoulder and hand injuries. The case was tried non-jury before a federal judge in Baltimore Federal Court. The court award was subsequently determined to be within the highest ten verdicts for the State of Maryland in 2009.
  • $1,200,000.00 jury award to a ship’s Bosun who sustained shoulder and neck injuries while attempting to move plywood sheets on main deck of vessel during 40 knot winds. Case tried in New York Federal Court.
  • $950,000 awarded to passenger killed when his recreational boat came into collision with tow wire of tug and barge
  • $850,000 settlement, Federal Court Allentown PA., to seaman sustained herniated disk while lifting a 110 lbs crane hooks.
  • $840,000 jury award to a seaman who fell from ladder while painting sustaining fractured wrist.
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Brain trauma can take many forms

One of the injuries that someone in New York can suffer while working on a dock or on a ship is a head injury. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, there are several types of brain injuries that people can suffer from. The most commonly known type is the concussion, but there are others and these include the following:

  • Anoxic brain injury – caused when no oxygen reaches the brain.
  • Closed head injury – the force of the blow causes harm to the brain but the skull remains undamaged.
  • Penetrating head injury – this occurs when fragments of an object, bone, skin and even hair are forced into the brain from an object.
  • Contusion – the brain is bleeding from the force of a blow, causing bruising.
  • Hypoxic brain injury – caused by a lower level of oxygen flow to the brain.

Additionally, people may suffer from an open head injury, which means that not only the brain is damaged, but also the skull. Within this injury, there are different types of fractures that can happen. These include the cribiform plate fracture, diastatic skull fracture, compound skull fracture and depressed skull fracture.

In some cases, these injuries are a result of the initial blow that the head received, but some can happen after the initial damage is done. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that it is important for people with a serious brain injury to be placed on monitoring systems. These systems usually measure the amount of blood and oxygen that is flowing to the brain as a reduction can cause further harm. In some cases, people may be placed into a medical-induced coma in order for the body to allow the brain to heal. It should be noted that doctors’ attention focuses on preventative treatment since at this time, there is no restorative treatment available.

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