Pierce | Skrabanek is pleased to announce that they have obtained a $16.9 million verdict on behalf on a seaman who contracted pneumonia due to unsanitary conditions aboard a jack-up rig. The seaman worked as an offshore installation manager aboard a Hercules jackup rig drilling in the Persian Gulf. At trial, our firm established that Hercules failed to supply sanitary water to its crew, which ultimately caused Pierce | Skrabanek’s client to develop pneumonia. The seaman later suffered a pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, which disabled him from working offshore. Despite the fact that no doctor opined that the seaman reached maximum medical improvement, Hercules stopped paying maintenance and cure.
After a two-week trial, the jury returned a $16.9 million verdict. The verdict includes a $2 million punitive damages award against Hercules for wrongfully terminating the seaman’s maintenance and cure.