Seaman claims various injuries due to work on ship

Kelly Holleran Sep. 23, 2009, 8:20pm

A man has filed suit against the owners of a boat, alleging he was injured while repairing equipment on the ship.

John Broadway claims he was hired to work as a seaman on the Pacific Offshore, a boat that was owned by defendant Cal Dive HR Services.

On Dec. 19, Broadway was repairing and maintaining equipment on the Pacific Offshore when he sustained injuries to his right knee, according to the complaint filed Sept. 16 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of his work on the ship, Broadway claims he also sustained severe bodily injuries to his head and back and suffered physical pain and mental anguish.

In addition, he suffered a loss of his capacity to work, incurred medical costs and sustained physical impairment, disfigurement and loss of household services, the suit states.

According to the complaint, Cal Dive negligently failed to:

  • Maintain its vessel in a seaworthy condition,

  • Take reasonable precautions for Broadway's safety,

  • Provide a safe place for Broadway to work,

  • Comply with certain regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard, and

  • Warn Broadway of the known hazards of the ship.

    Broadway is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief to which he may be entitled.

    He will be represented by B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell in Beaumont.

    The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

    Jefferson County District Court No: D184-933.

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