Clawson Fargnoli recently settled a maritime case for $185,000. Our client was working aboard a vessel engaged in salvage operations when his leg was crushed between two vessels. He was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with compartment syndrome and underwent two surgeries. A key issue in the case was whether our client was classified as a seaman under the Jones Act or a harbor worker under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act, which affected the remedies available to him and the value of the case.
While our client was injured while employed upon a vessel engaged in navigation and performing the mission of the vessel, he spent the majority of his time ashore and was primarily employed as a mechanic in the company’s shipyard, making the determination of his status complicated. As a result, the parties agreed to participate in a pre-suit mediation and were able to reach a compromise settlement. Think of Clawson Fargnoli for life altering personal injury and death cases across the state, including maritime and admiralty cases.