Slip and Fall; Seaman
Miami, FL; $150,000.00 awarded to injured crewmember
CASE: Ioannis Skordilis v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc.; Case No.: 07-20313 CA 27
COURT: Miami Dade County Circuit Court
JUDGE: Maxine Cohen Lando
PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S): Mitchell J. Lipcon and David W. Lipcon of Lipcon & Lipcon, PA
Ioannis Skordilis, Greek, second electrician aboard a Celebrity Cruises ship, was injured when he slipped and fell in the ship’s stairway. He claimed that there was cleaning fluid on the steps that was not visible, causing him to fall and injure his shoulder. Mr. Skordilis was sent to Miami for medical care and treatment. He eventually underwent arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder. His orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John Wilkerson, felt that Mr. Skordilis made a partial recovery from his injuries but was limited in the amount of weight he could lift to 25 lbs. or less. Ship’s regulations call for a ship’s electrician to be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Therefore, Mr. Skordilis could no longer work on a ship. The Defendant claimed Mr. Skordilis could find a job, on shore, as an electrician.
RESULT: The case was settled just prior to trial for $150,000.00