Verdicts: Robin Mraz v. Catalina Express
$1.5 Million Verdict Affirmed On Appeal
Robin Mraz worked as a cabin attendant for Catalina Express. Over several
years she sustained several injuries. First, she injured her back jumping
from the boat to the dock at the end of her shift after the crew removed
the boarding ramp in order to wash the ship down. Second, she further
injured her back while sitting on a hatch that was popping up in rough
seas. Third, as a result of cumulative trauma, she sustained bilateral
carpal tunnel injuries and a shoulder injury.
After a court trial, the retired Supreme Court Justice serving as judge
ruled in Ms. Mraz favor. The judge found under maritime law (the Jones
Act) that the defendant was liable because of its negligence and the unseaworthy
condition of the boats. In an unprecedented finding, the judge found the
defendant liable for its negligence in not making the workplace safer,
resulting in the cumulative trauma injuries. Even after Catalina Express
appealed, the appellate court affirmed the $1.5 million verdict.
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