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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.
  • $4,400,000.00 jury award to a former shipmate who sustained a shoulder injury while at sea. The third mate had to undergo multiple surgeries and will not be able to become a captain because of the injury.
  • $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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Maritime accidents: What are the most common types?

If you work on or around commercial vessels or platforms in New York, you should be aware that there are many accident risks. However, what are the most common types of accidents that occur on the water?

According to Marine Insight, one type of accident is the barge collision. These vessels can be difficult to maneuver due to their size and shape. Accidents involving these ships are often caused by towing cables that are faulty or operator inexperience. If the person controlling the helm does not fully understand the limitations of the vessel, the chances of a collision occurring are going to be higher.

Another common type of accident that investigators are often called to is the cargo ship or crude oil tanker crash. It is estimated that 84-88 percent of these accidents are attributed to negligence on the part of workers on the ships themselves. Due to the fact that these ships are filled with “highly flammable” material, you should be aware that explosions are the most common risk. Therefore, it is important for workers to ensure that all rules and guidelines are followed in order to prevent unnecessary accidents.

It should not be surprising to see cruise vessels on this list as well. You have probably seen more than one news story that concerns accidents which involve these types of ships. In many cases, these accidents could have been prevented if workers were more careful. However, one of the biggest concerns these vessels face is weather. The immense size of a cruise vessel can make it susceptible to capsize in rough waters.

Accidents involving marine cranes can cause significant injuries to workers. Just as with cranes around the city, these structures are common sights on shipyards and in ports where they work to load containers on ships or perform other tasks. While inexperience and negligence plays some part, accidents have also been caused by faulty winches or wiring.

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