Kreindler Victory in Hackensack River Tugboat Case
Kreindler & Kreindler partner Dan Rose won a significant victory for the family of Ricardo Young, a deckhand who was crushed to death on the Moran Towing Corporation tugboat, The Turecamo Girls. The tragedy occurred during an improperly conducted operation known as a “swing maneuver.”
This is yet another case which reveals serious safety shortcomings in the oversight and practices of the tugboat industry which, I believe, require immediate attention and improvements.
In rendering his decision on November 11, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet rejected Moran’s contention (and OSHA’s and the US Coast Guard’s findings) that Ricardo Young caused his own death, and instead credited the plaintiff’s investigation which found Moran’s negligence and failure to provide a seaworthy tug and crew were the direct result of Ricardo Young’s death.
Kreindler’s maritime accident experience has covered not only accidents in state waters, but also on the high seas, in the Gulf of Mexico, on the Great Lakes and litigating numerous cases that involved maritime laws including the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, general maritime law, and state negligence law. Kreindler is one of the largest and most distinguished maritime accident law firms in the world. Our partners have authored numerous highly acclaimed books, articles, and treatises related to transportation accident law.