Daniel W. Coffill vs. Universal Health Management, L.L.C. and International Health Care Consultants, Inc.
11th Judicial Circuit In And For Miami-Dade County, Florida
Case. No. 99-15161 CA 13
SEAMAN’S ACTION: The Plaintiff was employed as a Captain aboard the yacht Amora. At the time of the accident, Plaintiff was fifty-two years old and earning $4,800 per month plus benefits. The Plaintiff was an American citizen. The Plaintiff claimed he was attempting to push the vessel away from some pilings in order to slip some fenders in between the vessel and the pilings when he felt a sharp pain in his back. The incident caused the Plaintiff to suffer a herniated disc. The Plaintiff claimed that the owner refused to provide enough crew members to adequately and safely operate and dock the vessel, failed to provide the Plaintiff with a proper safety belt or vest, and failed to provide the Plaintiff with proper instruction with respect to docking, heavy pushing and use of Plaintiff’s back. The Defendants claimed that the Plaintiff was comparatively negligent for not using proper procedures to dock the vessel.
Case Settled Prior to Trial: $120,000.00