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Jury Awards $1.8 Million for Docking Injury

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A man named Daniel L. Willis of Escanaba, Minnesota was aboard the Joseph L. Block when it docked to offload limestone in 2004. As the ship pulled up to the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railway, Willis slipped and fell while he was getting off to complete his assigned job: to gather the cables and fasten them to the dock. He was seen at the Duluth hospital where he was given a knee immobilizer to wear on his 18 hour bus ride home to Escanaba. Since the incident, deep vein thrombosis has developed and produced many other difficulties. In the St. Louis County District Court, Willis sued not only the owner of the Joseph L. Block, the Indiana Harbor Steamship Co., but also the Central Marine Logistics. After an eight hour deliberation by the jurors, they returned a verdict in favor of Daniel L. Willis for $1.8 million in compensation.

Common jobs can inevitably result in any kind of accident if precautions are not taken. Improvements for marine transportation as well as general safety procedures that may be widely used can be found on the National Transportation Safety Board website. As a personal injury lawyer, I have worked on numerous transit accident cases. Incidents similar to the one mentioned above can result in pain, suffering, and even wrongful death. If you have experienced this pain or loss, please contact me, Jim Lewis, and I will work to get you the compensation you deserve.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY, who handle car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more.