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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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Investigations of boating accidents

As a passenger or employee on a ship, yacht, boat or ferry, any accident that affects your health or well-being should be investigated as thoroughly as a motor vehicle crash, on-the-job injury or premises liability incident in New York. There is a statute of limitations that will prevent you from filing a claim if you delay too long, and having evidence of the details is essential to this process. Our team at Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha understand how the system works, and who should be responsible for gathering all information relevant to the accident so the right parties can be held accountable.

Marine Insight explains that senior officers and other mariners should provide accurate data to the investigators who are conducting an evaluation of the circumstances that led to your injury. These include what was taking place when the accident happened, as well as records of normal operations and activities that occur onboard the vessel. Officers typically can supply documentation such as the log books, vessel certificates, records of engine and deck maintenance, and details regarding safety equipment.

In addition to collecting the relevant information from mariners and seafarers, investigators will generally interview witnesses and look for clues that provide a full picture of your event. They should be keeping mind that not everyone on the ship with you may understand how to interpret what they may have seen, or how to express it. Insurers, consultants and other experts may also be called in to participate in the investigation. More information about accident investigations on vessels is available on our web page.

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