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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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Lifeboats: Help or hazard?

When you leave New York or another port and head to sea, it should go without saying that your ship will have an adequate number of lifeboats to rescue everyone on board in case of an emergency. Safety4Sea.com notes that merely having them is not enough, as statistics indicate that a lifeboat may be as likely to kill you as save you.

The lifeboats on your vessel require constant maintenance, and this goes beyond making sure that they will not take on water. For example, if you are on a ship that transports hazardous cargo, accidents may cause a fire on the surface of the ocean. To escape the situation, you must have a system that protects the boat from the blaze, and the engine of the boat typically pumps the water spray as well as moving you through the water. Regular maintenance may require you to start the engines weekly and let them run to ensure that they are ready for an emergency.

Wire ropes used to raise and lower the boats are subject to corrosion and damage that weakens them, but during the annual inspection, all sections may not be visually accessible. Even in those places where an inspector is able to access the ropes, damage may not be easy to spot due to lubrication. An inspector may also have difficulty knowing whether a rope meets the manufacturer’s standards for safety if your captain cannot provide identification of the type of wire.

You may also be in danger from a limit switch failure or winch crank handle problems. The entire crew should have training and practice a full launch of the boats to avoid injury accidents during embarkation. This information is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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