Verdicts: Russo v. Jankovich & Sons
Seaman Requiring Neck Surgery Awarded $1.1 Million by Jury
Sal Russo, a 37-year-old deck hand, slipped and fell when attempting to
cross on a gangplank from a water taxi owned by his employer onto an oil
tanker. Mr. Russo sustained a spine injury requiring a neck fusion.
Biren Law Group was able to prove that the plaintiff's employer had
violated the Jones Act by allowing him to work with unsafe, slippery shoes,
rather than providing him with proper work apparel. In addition, they
established that the oil tanker had negligently created a dangerous situation
by failing to put anti-slip substances (like sand) in the paint used on
A Federal Court jury returned a verdict of $1,114,463.00 on behalf of Mr.
Russo. Biren Law Group was proud to be able to help our client retain