Jones Act suit filed over shoulder injury

David Yates Feb. 13, 2008, 7:32am

Seaman William Travis has filed a Jones Act suit against Crowley Marine Service Inc., claiming the company negligently caused his shoulder injury.

Travis' suit was filed in the Jefferson County District Court on Feb. 12.

Travis' suit does not describe how Crowley Marine Service allegedly negligently caused his shoulder injury.

The suit only says, "As a proximate cause of Defendant's negligence, he has suffered a severe injury to his shoulder and body generally, resulting in pain and suffering and mental anguish in the past which, in all reasonable medical probability, will extend into the future."

"Plaintiff has also suffered a loss of enjoyment of life and physical impairment. Plaintiff has suffered or will suffer lost wages and lost wage-earning capacity. Finally, Plaintiff has incurred medical expenses and, in all likelihood, will incur medical expenses in the future," the suits states.

According to the company's Web site, Crowley is the leading ocean cargo carrier between the United States and Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Bahamas, Central America, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Crowley ships cargo in containers and/or trailers along with automobiles (cars), trucks, buses, construction equipment and other Ro/Ro cargoes; refrigerated (reefer) cargo; apparel; HAZMAT cargoes, and breakbulk, heavy lift and over-dimensional items via Crowley's extensive fleet of specialty equipment and vessels.

Travis is represented is represented by Jeffrey Roebuck of the Roebuck Thomas law firm.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D181-227

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