Offshore InjuryBlog

Suit Filed for Jones Act Worker Who Fell Overboard

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a suit for a seaman who was injured while performing his job duties. Our client is protected by the Jones Act and we are seeking the damages he is entitled to through this. At the time of the accident, the plaintiff was transporting a pipe when he tripped and fell on an obstruction on the walkaway. The man consequently fell overboard and became stuck under the vessel, swallowing much water and injuring his head, back, neck and arms. He is claiming both negligence and gross negligence against his employers and unseaworthiness of the vessel. Arnold & Itkin will fight to prove that the employer was negligent in failing to properly train their employees, eliminate obvious safety concerns, fail to repair equipment and other similar acts of negligence. At the time the incident occurred, the vessel owner was also in violation of some Coast Guard regulations. The case is pending in Galveston County Court.

It is projected that our client, although he is still in the recovery process, will never fully regain his ability to earn a living. His earning capacity may be completely eliminated. This seaman deserves compensation for the initial medical treatment he received as well as continued care until he makes a full recovery. Unfortunately, our client is expected to be in both physical and emotional pain for the rest of his life. When vessel owners are negligent to care for their vessels and their employees, accidents happen. Not only was our client injured, but many of his coworkers could have been injured as well. We are requesting a jury trial, in which we hope to prove the negligence of the employer in order to maximize our client's recovery. We are passionate about maritime workers, so if you have been injured, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for more information.

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