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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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What caused last year's rise in Staten Island Ferry injuries?

Whether you commute by subway or ferry, it's easy to stumble while rushing through crowds to catch your ride. But ferry commuters may face a few additional hazards once they're on board.

Between July and October of last year, 10 people were injured badly enough aboard Staten Island ferries and in terminals that they needed to be taken to the hospital, according to city data reported by SILive.com. This bumped the ferry service's annual accident rate up to 1.16 per million passengers, an increase over the same period in 2015.

This rate is still pretty low, and it more than meets the city's target for injury rates. But could these injuries have been prevented? The Department of Transportation reports that in most cases, the areas where the accidents occurred were free of vessel hazards, clean and dry.

So what happened? Some of the ways passengers were injured include:

  • Running to catch a ferry and getting tripped by another passenger
  • Tripping over a child
  • Tripping and falling after drinking alcohol

If someone falls because they are drunk, or because they are not looking where they are going, their injury could be determined to be their own fault. However, the ferry operators also have a responsibility to keep passengers areas clean, dry and free of hazards.

From this report, it doesn't look like any of last year's injuries could easily be pinned on unsafe ferry conditions. Still, ferry passengers and other boat passengers should remember that if they suffer an injury that is, in fact, the fault of the boat owner or operator, they should talk to an attorney about their options.

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