Seaman sues marine service company over unspecified injuries

Kelly Holleran Jun. 23, 2010, 7:18am


A Brazoria County man claims he sustained injuries while working aboard a ship, but provides no further details in a lawsuit he recently filed.

Travis Sheppard filed a lawsuit June 9 in Jefferson County District Court against Top Coat, Neches-Gulf Ship Services, Neches-Gulf Marine, Neches-Gulf Lightering, Neches-Gulf Crew Services and Neches-Gulf Boat Stores.

Sheppard claims he sustained unspecified injuries while working for Top Coat aboard a vessel owned by Neches-Gulf on March 11. Sheppard does not say how he sustained his injuries, only that the injuries were caused because of the defendants' negligence.

The defendants owed Sheppard a safe place to work and a seaworthy vessel, but failed on both counts, according to the complaint.

Because of his injuries, Sheppard suffered physical pain, mental anguish and physical impairment; lost earnings and his earning capacity; and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

In his complaint, Sheppard seeks an unspecified judgment, plus costs, attorney's fees and other relief the court deems just.

Vuk S. Vujasinovic of Vujasinovic and Beckcom in Houston will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B187-045.

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