Category Archives: Broken Bones

Merchant seamen and commercial fishermen can have broken bones and other serious injuries when accidents occur at sea.

Top Jury Verdicts of 2001 Injury Aboard Ship

The Top Jury Verdicts of 2001, #6: Injury Aboard Ship Leads To Admiralty Verdict Case Turned On Critical Internal Company E-Mail By Marissa Yaremich Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly January 14, 2002 Related Articles: May 28, 2001 May 19, 2001 Life at sea is considered one of the most physically grueling and dangerous occupations on earth. The hours are long. The work is tedious. And bad weather can be perilous. Yet mariners like Carlos Castro still don’t want to do anything else – unless forced to do so. And that’s exactly what happened to Castro after an unfortunate voyage aboard the S/R Charleston in 1998. Boston lawyer Carolyn M. Latti first learned of the severe leg injuries that ended Castro’s seafaring career from a financial planner who had been working on Castro’s pension plan from Exxon, the tanker’s parent company. The federal jury’s $2.8 million damage award in Castro’s admiralty suit, says…
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Boating Case has Major Significance for Maritime Law

Boating Case Has Major Significance For Maritime Law By Elizabeth Johnson Massachusetts Bar Association, Lawyers Journal October 2001 When a group of Massachusetts eight graders became involved in a serious boating accident on a New Hampshire lake – the young driver of the boat ran over his cousin, who was “tubing” behind the boat – the incident appeared initially to mirror a simple auto accident, according to Boston attorney David F. Anderson, who specializes in maritime law. Beyond the personal grief, it was a deceptively simple case that turned out to be far more complex than anyone first imagined, involving the laws of two states, issues of state and federal jurisdiction, and the unwieldly and complicated admiralty statutes. The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service directed the plaintiffs to Anderson. Given his expertise in maritime law it turned out to be a practically perfect match. During the summer of 1998,…
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Mariner Awarded $2.8 Million in Suit

Mariner Awarded $2.8 Million In Suit By John Doherty The Standard-Times May 19, 2001 WAREHAM – A Wareham mariner has won a $2.8 million award from an Exxon subsidiary after a federal jury ruled yesterday the company was negligent in an accident that broke the sailor’s leg. Carlos Castro had worked 24 years for Seariver Maritime as a laborer on a 650-foot oil tanker, which delivers crude oil along the East Coast. Mr. Castro was injured off the coast of Texas when several 4-feet-by-4-feet steel plates came loose from an overhead rack in March 1998. The two bones in Mr. Castro’s lower leg were broken. He has walked with a cane ever since and cannot return to sea. His attorney, Carolyn Latti, said Mr. Castro sued under provisions of the 80-year-old Jones Act, which allows seamen to sue their employers under some circumstances. During the trial, Ms. Latti introduced evidence…
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