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What Should I Do If I Was Hurt on a Ferry?

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

A March 2014 article in WorkBoat highlights the importance of the owners and operators of passenger vessels, such as ferries, keeping their ships in safe condition. According to the article, passengers on these ships will be protected from most safety hazards as long as a few simple actions are completed by those responsible for the vessels, including: Keeping the foredeck area off limits to passengers, including roping it off, because serious injuries and deaths can occur when passengers are allowed to ride in the foredeck area while the vessel is operating at high speed or in changing sea conditions; Not allowing passengers to board or disembark without crewmembers in place to help them on the deck and at the bottom of the gangway; Keeping the hatches closed when possible, and assigning a crewmember to warn people about open hatches; Not allowing passengers to use a vessel ladder and/or stairs without crew supervision.  If you were hurt…
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Latti Wins Jury Award of $791,000 in Cruise Ship Injury Case

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

On January 16, 2014, Latti & Anderson LLP was able to secure a jury award of $791,474.70 with 50 percent contributory negligence for a verdict of $395,732.39 for a client injured on a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship. According to the lawsuit, which was recently tried in Miami Federal Court, on the last night of our client’s cruise, she played a game called THE QUEST, which is a scavenger hunt-style game. The game is very fast paced and as players, who are divided up into teams, collect items, they turn them in to the host, who, in addition to overseeing the game, was giving out free drinks as prizes to the contestants who won certain rounds. As our client was returning to her seat after turning in an item to the host, she slipped in a liquid on the dance floor. The fall resulted in our client tearing her labrum, which…
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Barge Breaks Free From New York Construction Site

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

According to The Journal News, on March 30, a barge broke free from the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site for the third time since September. A statement released by Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) confirmed that the barge had come loose from its mooring and drifted for about an hour before it was recovered. Safety concerns about the construction site were first raised back in July when the best man and bride-to-be of a wedding party died in a recreational boating accident involving a barge anchored below the Tappan Zee Bridge. “The Thruway Authority is currently reviewing TZC’s safety protocols and barge mooring methods,” Brian Conybeare, special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo, said in a statement. “The contractor has been directed to install GPS tracking on its barges, boats and other vessels as soon as possible as part of a comprehensive series of safety enhancements on and around this major construction…
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