Here are just a few examples of the maritime injury verdicts and settlements that we have achieved for our clients.
$55.2 MILLION JURY AWARD
Wrongful Death / Longshore Worker
In one of the largest personal injury verdicts of 2007, Charles D. Naylor, along with co-counsel Scott Neeley and Robert Nelson of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, San Francisco, won $50 million in punitive damages, and $5.2 in compensatory damages, against DaimlerChrysler for the wrongful death of longshoreman Richard Mraz.
Mraz, 38, suffered fatal head injuries when the 1992 Dodge Dakota he had been driving ran him over when he stepped out of the vehicle. The jury found that a “park-to-reverse” defect in the truck’s automatic transmission, said to affect more than one million DaimlerChrysler vehicles, was a substantial factor in Mraz’s death.
This was the first part-to-reverse case against DaimlerChrysler in 25 years to make it to trial. It was also the first case in the nation to test the impact of a recent Supreme Court ruling relating to jury instructions on punitive damages.
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$3.2 MILLION Settlement
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)
In what is believed to be the largest settlement for an injury to a longshore worker in the ports history, the U.S. Department of Labor in Long Beach California has approved a $3.2 million injury settlement involving a 62 year old female longshore worker.
The injury, which resulted in a below the knee amputation of the workers right leg occurred at the Hanjin terminal when the longshore worker was struck by an “outside” truck driver who was lost in the terminal.
Cruise Ship Accident, Slip and Fall
A 69-year-old woman slipped and fell in a shop adjacent to the swimming pool. She sustained a broken femur which required medical evacuation from the ship and emergency air transportation to the nearest hospital qualified to perform necessary orthopedic surgery.
Cruise Ship Accident, Fall
A 52 year old visitor on a Lake Arrowhead tour boat fell into an open hatch and fractured her ankle, requiring ankle surgery.
Cruise Ship Injury, Slip and Fall
A 64-year-old man fell walking on a wet, slippery and poorly lit deck, requiring knee surgery
The testimonials, case examples and awards discussed here do not represent any warranties, guarantees or predictions about your case.