This week, our firm obtained a $3.3 million dollar verdict on behalf of Honduran Seaman Saul Alberto Acosta Varela (Acosta). Acosta was crewmember aboard the M/V Glory Sky I when he injured his left foot. Prior to beginning work on the ship, a physical showed no health concerns or prior injuries. When his foot was injured aboard the vessel, he was not given adequate medical attention. Due to the lack of proper treatment, the injury developed a severe ulcer, which became necrotic and required Acosta’s hospitalization.
Acosta’s employer–Dantor Cargo Shipping–denied Acosta his wages, providing him only with a plane ticket to return to his family in Honduras. Unable to work, Acosta became entirely reliant upon his sister. Due to the severity of his injury, Acosta’s family took him to the hospital. He was then transferred to a private facility, where he was given an IV antibiotic for 21 days. Unfortunately, despite the fact that the ulcer began to heal, Acosta’s left foot was completely deformed, leaving him unable to work.
The lawsuit against Dantor Cargo Shipping alleged counts for Jones Act Negligence, unseaworthiness, failure to provide maintenance and cure, failure to treat, general negligence, and in rem action against the vessel.
Ultimately, Acosta was awarded the $3.3 million dollar verdict for the following: lost wages in the past, lost future earning capacity, past medical expenses, future medical expenses, disfigurement pain and suffering, past due maintenance, and punitive damages for disregarding maintenance and cure.
For more details on this case, you can read the Verdict and Order in their entirety.
Injured? The Experienced Team at LMAW, P.A. Can Help
Although no amount of money can ever reverse a traumatic and life-changing injury such as this, these funds can help make the future a little less challenging. This major win sheds light on the fact that negligence will not be tolerated.
Attorney Margulies’ work on this case is just one example of the lengths to which our team will go to get clients the results they deserve. After all, no one deserves to suffer because of the negligence of their employer. We understand how overwhelming it can be to see clearly in the wake of your accident or injury at sea. That is exactly why we are here to help.
Our firm has experience handling cases of both crewmember and passenger accident and injury at sea. With over 100 years of combined experience and a reputation of top tier results, we know what you are facing and we are prepared to fight for you, every step of the way.
So if you are ready to face your legal battle head on, speaking with the maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman P.A. can help. No matter the size or scale of your case, you can trust that you will be in good hands. Do not hesitate to contact us today to get started.