April 11, 2013

Widow settles lawsuit over Greek port captain's Portland death

The captain's widow had sought punitive damages, plus slightly more than $1.2 million to cover medical expenses and $202,000 in lost wages.

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — The widow of a Greek port captain who was injured in an accident at the Sprague Energy dock more than four years ago has settled her lawsuit against the port operator and a shipping firm.

Eirini Zagklaras sued Sprague Energy Corp. and Leopard Shipping Co. for wrongful death in the aftermath of the Oct. 6, 2008, accident. Her husband, Ioannis Zagklaras, was injured when he was pinned between the ship and a cable reel on the Portland dock while helping to unload salt from the ship.

Ioannis Zagklaras underwent 22 surgeries after the accident and ultimately died on March 13, 2009, while being operated on again at Maine Medical Center. His leg had been amputated in one of the surgeries.

The trial began this week in U.S. District Court, but was halted Wednesday after lawyers told the judge they had reached a settlement. According to court documents, the parties have 30 days to wrap up the final terms of the settlement.

The terms were not disclosed and a transcript of the lawyers' conference with U.S. District Judge George Singal was sealed.

Eirini Zagklaras had sought slightly more than $1.2 million to cover medical expenses, $202,000 in lost wages and $16,000 to pay for his funeral. She had also asked for unspecified punitive damages.

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