$3.384 Million VERDICT IN
Plaintiff’s attorney: John H. (Jack) Hickey, Esq. Hickey Law Firm, P.A.
attorneys: Henry Salas, Esq., Doug Ede, Esq., and Robert Perez,
The award was
for claims of negligence and unseaworthiness. The cruise line had
its officers--including the Plaintiff Goran Bakalar-- use a broken,
bent ladder to enter a fast rescue boat at the
The ladder was fixed to a pier. The cruise line knew about the condition of the ladder and still had its men and women use the ladder to enter the boat. Also, the fast rescue boat should have been manned by two people. One person could have been in the front of the fast rescue boat to hold it to the pier or ladder to allow the other person to enter. But, the cruise line had cut back on the marine department staff at the time and would not man the fast rescue boats with two people.
day of the accident,
Mr. Bakalar suffered a career ending injury, a herniated disc in his back. Mr. Bakalar, only 38 years old at the time of the injury, now needs fusion surgery on his back. The cruise line at trial contended through its expert witness, Dr. Sal Ramirez, that Mr. Bakalar was fit for duty. Yet, the cruise line’s own medical personnel previously had said in writing that Mr. Bakalar was not fit for duty, and the cruise line refused to renew Mr. Bakalar’s contract or call him back.
The Plaintiff suffered a loss of future earning capacity. Mr. Bakalar was a First Officer and was in line to be promoted. Some of the cruise line’s own records confirm this. Now, he can no longer serve on ships.
This year alone, Jack was named by his peers to the “Legal Elite” in the area of personal injury by Florida Trend magazine; as a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyer.com; and as a “Top Lawyer” in the areas of personal injury and maritime by the South Florida Legal Guide.
For most of his career, he was a defense lawyer for insurance companies and cruise lines. For the past 10 years, he has been on the other side, representing people in personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has won many multi-million dollar jury verdicts. See more at www.hickeylawfirm.com. P: 1.800.215.7117 E: firstname.lastname@example.org