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Millions Recovered

  • $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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Could your injury have been prevented by proper training?

Working at sea can be exciting, varied and financially rewarding. Any seagoing vessel, whether private or commercial, needs people with diverse skill sets and aptitudes for its crew. Each seaman plays their own role in keeping the ship functional and contributing to the goals of every voyage.

In a previous post, we discussed some of the steps that seamen can take to avoid injury while aboard a ship. At sea, as at land, however, it is essential that any worker receives the proper instruction on how to fulfill their role efficiently, effectively and safely. Your employer is responsible for providing sufficient training on the duties of your job and the safety precautions and instructions that you should follow. All too often, a lack of training leads to injuries that could easily have been prevented.

A ship can be a dangerous working environment, full of hazards and potential safety risks. With proper training, these risks can be minimized. With insufficient training, however, a seaman is not only at greater risk of injuring themselves, but also of injuring other crew members.

Under the Jones Act, maritime employers are required to provide a safe working environment for the seamen that work for them. As such, a failure to provide adequate training could constitute negligence. Whether you were injured as a result of another seaman's lack of training, because you were not adequately prepared to carry out your own duties or because you were not made aware of the necessary safety precautions, you may be able to make a claim against your employer.

Taking care to follow correct procedures and safety guidelines can help you to avoid accidents while working aboard a seagoing vessel. If you have been injured because your employer failed to provide training on those procedures, however, a dedicated maritime law firm can help you to assess whether you have a valid claim.

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