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Maritime workers face difficult, dangerous and often unforgiving job responsibilities. As with any other job, employers in these situations have a duty to ensure their workers are protected and treated fairly. A crew rights attorney can help you understand your...

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There is interplay between the materials that are acceptable to use on a ship as opposed to what would really be safe in the conditions passengers will encounter on board a ship. It isn't always the same thing. For example, teak wood can become...

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Partial List of Past Results

Partial List of Our Past Noteworthy Successful Results in Maritime Cases

Settlement-Cruise line crew member, assistant waiter,from Romania,suffers brain damage and is left in minimally conscious state due to delayed medical response to cardiac arrest while playing basketball....$5,000,000.00

Settlement-Yacht crew member,captain,from Florida, has below the left knee amputation when intoxicated owner takes command and crashes yacht into reef…..$4,250,000.00

Settlement-Cruise line crew member,utility worker, from Guatemala, left with brain damage from pineal gland tumor missed by ship doctor after one complaint of headache…$715,000.00

Settlement-Cruise line crew member, doctor, from South Africa, has herniated lumbar disc, no surgery, from lifting patient without adequate assistance…$175,000.00

Settlement-Cruise line crew member,waiter, from South Africa, has herniated lumbar disc, micro-discectomy one level surgery, from lifting trays…$150,000.00

Settlement-Cruise line crew member, assistant waitress, from China, fractures collarbone whenhit by car while crossing street in Germany on shore leave, not provided with sanitary napkins as part of maintenance and cure…$150,000.00

Settlement-Cruise line crew member, waiter, from Belgium, has herniated lumbar disc with surgery after lifting trolley over watertight door threshold without assistance…$135,000.00

Jury Verdict…Cruise line crew member,assistant engineer, from Poland, has one bulging lumbar disc from overwork in a single 24-hour period, no surgery…$720,000.00

Jury Verdict…Cruise line passenger, from South Carolina, fractures ankle, surgery with plate and screws, after slipping and falling ongranite steps after walking onfreshly-shampooed carpet…$350,000.00

Jury Verdict…Cruise linepassenger,from Kentucky, fractures ankle, surgery with plate and screws, after slipping and falling on wet teak steps in outside spa…$175,000.00

Jury Verdict…Cruise line crew member, waiter,from Honduras, has knee surgery in Honduras by doctor selected by employer, poor result, due to bad medical care…$175,000.00

Jury Verdict…Cruise line crew member, assistant butcher, from island of Jamaica, accidentally cuts off tip of fat pad on ring finger of non-dominant hand caused by poorly-maintained band saw blade while cutting frozen meat…$125,000.00

Arbitration Award…Cruise line crew member, waiter, from India, suffers knee injury with surgery from slip and fall on slippery tiles in galley due to condensation…$225,000.00

Arbitration Award…Cruise line crew member, entertainer, fromSouth Carolina, has wrist fracture with surgery, from slip and fall on wet floor…$210,000.00

This is just a partial list of the results our firm has obtained over nearly twenty years of representing cruise and cargo ship and yacht crew members and passengers. Past results do not necessarily guarantee future results in any case.

Please contact Paul M. Hoffman, Esq., the cruise lawyer, for free consultation of your cruise line, yacht or other maritime case.