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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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Death at sea: What are your risks?

Your general risk of a motor vehicle or workplace accident in New York may be taken for granted to the point that you do not spend much time thinking about whether you will be affected unless one has directly affected you or someone you know. At sea, the nature of the hazards may keep them at the forefront, and in some cases, your awareness of them could save your life.

Marine Insight explains that adhering to regulations should go a long way toward preventing fatal accidents on board ships. For example, there are procedures for entering an enclosed space, and failing to follow these puts you in danger of exposure to a toxic or flammable gas. Even when they are contained in appropriate tanks, these gases can be fatal if you are performing hot work nearby without taking precautions. Mooring operations and lifeboat testing are both highly dangerous jobs, and a lapse in attention or a simple mistake while taking care of these duties is often deadly.

Some hazards created by negligence or neglect are similar to those workers face on land, such as failure to service equipment or machinery. For example, poorly maintained generators, boilers and compressors raise the chances of an explosion, and electrocution from faulty or exposed wiring is also possible. Personal protective equipment for the job should be provided, and it is your responsibility to use it appropriately. Although this list may be useful in reminding you how important it is to avoid distractions and observe all procedures and regulations, it is not intended as legal advice.

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