Seaman sues towing companies over injury on ship

Kelly Holleran Jan. 19, 2010, 10:14am

A seaman has filed suit against Danielle Marine Towing and Lorris G. Towing II Corp., alleging he was injured because of the unseaworthiness of a ship on which he was working.

Paul E. Parfait claims he was working on the Luke Guidry Jr., a vessel owned by the defendants, at the time of his injury on April 13.

According to the complaint filed Jan. 14 in Jefferson County District Court, Parfait was performing his regular duties on the Luke Guidry Jr. when he sustained severe and disabling injuries due to the ship's unseaworthiness.

Although Parfait does not specify how he was injured, he claims he suffered physical pain and mental anguish and incurred lost wages because of the incident. In addition, he incurred medical costs, suffered physical impairment and lost his ability to perform household services, the suit states.

Danielle Marine Towing and Lorris G. Towing II Corp. are supposed to provide Parfait with maintenance and cure for his injuries, but have denied payments for such treatment, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Parfait is seeking actual, exemplary and punitive damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief to which he may be entitled.

Francis I. Spagnoleti of Spagnoleti and Co. in Houston will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A185-700.

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