Success Stories and Million Dollar Verdicts by Florida Cruise Ship Rape Lawyer John H. (Jack) Hickey
Last year alone, we had 2 trials against cruise lines for cruise ship accidents. We won both. In the first, we obtained a judgment in favor of our client against Carnival for $3.93M. The Amended Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law are at Kaba v. Carnival Corporation, ___ F. Supp. 3d ___ (2011 WL 5402674 (S.D.Fla.)). That was a case in which a passenger slipped and fell on the Lido Deck of the Carnival Pride cruise ship resulting in a fractured patella (knee cap) and 6 surgeries.
The second trial was in a case against Celebrity Cruise Lines, which is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. That trial resulted in a settlement on the last day of trial for $800,000. That was a case in which a seat of a stool in the spa came off when the passenger sat on the seat. The passenger fell back 4 to 5 feet onto the floor and hurt her back. She had back pain and some treatment and then back surgery more than 6 years later.
And those were just the trials last year. That does not include settlements without trials including one settlement alone for $6 million.
$3.389 millionFriday, May 19, 2006 a jury in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court awarded $3,384,185 to a former cruise ship first officer against Royal Caribbean Cruise Line for claims of negligence and unseaworthiness. Read more about this case in our In The News section.
$2.59 million jury verdict against the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Central Parking for the negligence of a valet driver pinning a pedestrian, a lawyer from Brazil, between cars. Read more about this case in our In The News section.
$2.5 million received in a maritime law case in Tampa, Florida, to a seaman from Honduras who suffered burns on his hand and arm when a welder in a shipyard lit paint on fire and then spilled it on the seaman.
$1.733 million jury verdict against a Roadhouse Grill restaurant in favor of a woman who injured her hand on a bench, requiring multiple hand surgeries. Read more about this personal injury case in our In The News section.
$1.01 million received in a car accident lawsuit in Miami, Florida, to the driver of a van hit by a tow truck.
$900,000 was received in a personal injury lawsuit against the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, to a University of Miami student who sustained multiple orthopedic injuries after she was hit by an uninsured motorist while she was participating in a scavenger hunt organized by the university.
$885,000 received in a medical malpractice case against a cardiologist who misdiagnosed a heart attack, which resulted in the patientâs death.
$650,000 received for slip and fall on cruise ship, which resulted in permanent mid-carpal ligament damage to the right hand of a chiropractor.
$650,000 received in a slip and fall personal injury lawsuit against Sunrise Music Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to a woman who injured her knee in a slip and fall, which required arthroscopy and a knee replacement.
$600,000 Wrongful death settlement, construction accident: hydrogen sulfide poisoning. Confined space; OSHA violations. Martinez v. Florida Power & Light Co. Miami-Dade County Circuit Court; CASE NO: 04-2817 CA 21 Florida Power & Light Co. owns and is responsible for maintaining the manholes into which it runs cable. That includes the manhole at 18th Street and Bay Road in Miami Beach, Florida. On October 10, 2002, employees of a subcontractor of Florida Power & Light Co. went into the manhole not realizing that the manhole was filled with hydrogen sulfide gas. At high levels of concentration, the gas numbs the olfactory nerves which allow us to have the sense of smell, and the hydrogen sulfide becomes undetectable without the gas detection equipment. The men apparently failed to use the gas detectors or the other required safety equipment. FP&L also failed to provide these men with the safety training and the information on the incidence of hydrogen sulfide in manholes on Miami Beach which FP&L provides its own employees. FP&L utilizes the same subcontractor on a regular basis. One of the men on the job went into the manhole. The supervisor and the one in charge of safety on the job, Osvaldo Martinez, went down to rescue his buddy. Both of them died in the manhole. The estate of the decedent Martinez recovered $600,000.00 even though Martinez was the supervisor on the job. FP&L had a duty to the employees of its contractors o keep the workplace safe.
$500,000 received in a personal injury lawsuit in Miami, Florida, to a Honduran maintenance man injured by a ditch digger that jumped out of a trench and climbed up his legs. Plastic surgeries required.
$500,000 awarded in Miami, Florida, in a medical malpractice case in which the hospital misdiagnosed a woman who suffered from Lupus and performed unnecessary surgery on her.
$350,000 awarded in a personal injury lawsuit against Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to a woman who slipped and fell on a wooden ramp at the edge of a curb, fracturing her arm and requiring three surgeries.
$320,000 was awarded in a seaman’s wrongful death case in Miami, Florida.
$315,000 awarded in a car accident lawsuit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to a pedestrian who was walking on the wrong side of the road when he was hit by a car.
$275,000 awarded in a personal injury lawsuit in Miami, Florida, to a 64-year-old woman who fractured her patella after she slipped and fell in a puddle of water in a bowling alley.
$215,000 awarded in a car accident lawsuit in Miami, Florida, to a 12-year-old who suffered crush injuries to one knee when caught between two cars.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT. Seamen receives traumatic brain injury, open skull fracture. John Doe v. ABC Corp. and XYZ Corp. The Plaintiff was a crewmember small fishing boat in Key Largo. The boat was engaged in fishing with a net. The captain of the boat threw a lead weight into the water to scare the fish into the net. Instead of going into the water, the weight hit the Plaintiff on the side of the head, crushed in his skull, and threw him into the water. Plaintiff was pulled out of the water, administered CPR, and taken to shore where he was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital trauma center. He underwent a craniectomy (brain surgery), and 7 months later surgery to apply a plate to the fracture area. The surgeries were performed by Dr. Phillip Villanueva. The Defendants contended that the Plaintiff was employed by a small company which had no assets except for the fishing boats and no insurance. We plead and obtained documents which indicated that there was a joint venture between this company and the company which owned the fishing boat. The issue on damages included the extent of the brain injury. Both sides had retained neuropsychologists and neurologists.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT. Traumatic brain injury: closed head injury, no loss of consciousness, no economic loss. Jane Doe and John Doe, her husband, v. South Florida Stadium Corp. (Pro Player Stadium). Jane Doe was with her husband standing at a window to purchase tickets at Pro Player Stadium when an employee of the stadium pulled down a metal sign from above where the Plaintiff was standing. The sign hit the head of the Plaintiff. She went for treatment by the emergency medical team onsite. There was no loss of consciousness. Plaintiff suffered headaches constantly after that. She was treated by a neurologist and by a neuropsychologist. Plaintiff was starting a new job coincidentally the day after the accident. At that job, she made more money than she did prior to the accident.
If you want to learn more about these case results, or if you think you have a personal injury case involving car accidents, medical malpractice or cruise ship sexual assault, please contact the cruise ship sexual assault attorneys at Hickey Law Firm, P.A. in Miami, Florida, today. We will work hard to get you the just compensation you need so you can focus on recovery.
In the last 6 years, Jack and his team have won the following jury verdicts for their clients:
Goran Bakalar v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.: Miami Dade County Circuit Court Case No. 03-24475-CA 25. Date of verdict: May 19, 2006
Amount of verdict: $3.384 million.
Liability: First Officer getting into a fast rescue boat by climbing down a fixed ladder at the port of Miami. The ladder was broken. Steps and falls back. Jury found 100% negligence against the Defendant and 0% negligence against the Plaintiff. Injuries: Un-operated herniated disk at L 5 S1. This is reported to be the highest award in the state of Florida and possibly in the United States for this type of injury by a multiple of approximately three.