Attorneys Obtain Top Florida Compensation for Maersk Chief Mate

MaritimeProfessional.com
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

International maritime lawyers Jason R. Margulies and Michael A. Winkleman, of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. , have secured the top verdict in Florida for admiralty and maritime law in 2012 for the case: William C. Skye v. Maersk Line Limited Corporation, doing business as Maersk Line Limited.

The verdict was published in the 'Daily Business Review' a legal and business periodical that ranks and publishes Florida Top Verdicts.

Attorneys Margulies and Winkleman secured the successful verdict on May 16, 2012 under the Jones Act for the plaintiff, William Skye, a commercial ship crew member who sustained permanent physical injuries to the heart as a result of the negligent working environment created by his employer, Maersk Line Limited.

Skye was employed as a Chief Mate onboard the commercial vessel, Sealand Pride, from October, 2000 to May, 2008. According to the lawsuit, the crew member was forced to work amidst unsafe conditions during his eight years onboard the vessel, which included 15-hour work days, a violation of maritime law.
Federal maritime law states that seafarers must be afforded a minimum amount of rest while working onboard a vessel in order to ensure the safety of the seaman and other crew members.

However, the lawsuit alleged Maersk failed to meet this and several other federal maritime safety standards, including the Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping, often referred to as the “STCW.”  Because of the work environment Skye was repeatedly exposed to, the crew member developed a dangerous heart condition called Left Ventricular Hypertrophy.

Each maritime attorney on the case proved that Maersk created the dangerous environment, and allowed it to continue, causing the plaintiff’s injuries.

As a seaman, Skye is protected by the Jones Act , a federal law which allows seafarers who are injured due to their employer’s failure to provide a safe working environment to file a lawsuit against their employer to recover compensation for their injuries and for lost wages. Lipcon’s Jones Act lawyers successfully proved that Maersk repeatedly and systematically violated federal maritime laws, overworking Skye to the point where the demands of his position, coupled with the excessive work hours and lack of rest, led Skye to develop a serious, life threatening, career ending physical heart injury.

Due to the negligence of Maersk in overworking Skye, maritime attorneys Margulies and Winkleman were able to secure a reported verdict of $2,362,299 - the top admiralty and maritime verdict in 2012 .



 

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

TOTE, Saltchuk Secure Financing for Marlin Class Vessels

Maritime Administration to Provide Title XI Loan Guarantee for World’s First LNG Containerships Today, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced a $324.

Transocean: Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Ltd. today issued a monthly fleet update summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service

Barczak Joins Alan C. McClure Associates

Naval architecture and engineering firm Alan C. McClure Associates (ACMA) announced today that Registered Professional Engineer Nicholas Barczakhas joined the ACMA team as a naval architect.

Legal

Australia, New Zealand Navies Intercepts Drugs off Africa

A combined Australian and New Zealand operation 260 km off the coast of Africa has seized more than 5.6 metric tons of cannabis resin worth an estimated $280 million (AUD).

Nigerian Oil Workers Call Off Strike After Talks with Government

Nigerian oil workers' unions have called off a four-day strike after reaching a deal with the government in a dispute over pensions, they said on Saturday. A

Nigerian Minister Pledges $1.3 bln for Power Companies

Nigeria's oil minister announced a 213 billion naira (1.3 billion US dollar) bail-out package for power companies on Saturday, nearly a year after the sector was privatised.

Finance

TOTE, Saltchuk Secure Financing for Marlin Class Vessels

Maritime Administration to Provide Title XI Loan Guarantee for World’s First LNG Containerships Today, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced a $324.

Transocean: Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Ltd. today issued a monthly fleet update summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service

NOAA Orders Newbuild Navigation Response Boats

NOAA today announced that Lake Assault Boats of Superior, Wisconsin, will build two small vessels for the Office of Coast Survey's navigation response program,

Container Ships

TOTE, Saltchuk Secure Financing for Marlin Class Vessels

Maritime Administration to Provide Title XI Loan Guarantee for World’s First LNG Containerships Today, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced a $324.

TOTE Receives $324.6m Title XI Loan Guarantee

New vessels will create jobs, increase amount of cargo moved between Florida and Puerto Rico U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the approval of a $324.

Specialised Reefer Container Operators can Thrive: DMR

Despite growing competition from container lines, specialised reefer operators can still thrive, according to Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1447 sec (7 req/sec)