La. man claims injury as galley hand

Annie Cosby Dec. 22, 2014, 8:14am


A Louisiana man is suing over claims he was injured while working as a galley hand on a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jonathan Jones filed a lawsuit Oct. 29 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Oceaneering International Inc., citing negligence.

According to the complaint, Jones was employed by the defendant company as a galley hand and member of the crew of the MSV Ocean Intervention in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 24, when a door of the vessel fell on his head and he sustained serious injuries. The defendant is accused of negligence and gross negligence in failing to provide the plaintiff with a safe place to work and maintain the vessel.

The complaint states the vessel was not seaworthy and the defendant has failed to pay the plaintiff maintenance. The suit is brought pursuant to the Jones Act.

Jones seeks actual and punitive damages, including medical expenses, lost earnings and loss of earning capacity, interest, attorney fees and costs of suit.

He is represented by attorney Marc Evan Kutner and Spagnoletti & Co of Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number: 3:14-CV-00339

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