Florida seaman sues ship owner over injuries

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 16, 2010, 5:37am


GALVESTON � After sustaining injuries that required surgery while working aboard a vessel, a Florida seaman seeks unspecified monetary damages from his employer and the vessel's owner.

William Weaver of Panama City is suing Taylors International Services and Hercules Offshore over an Oct. 12, 2009, incident in which he hurt his right knee.

The suit was filed Aug. 11 in Galveston County Court No. 2.

Defendant Taylors assigned Weaver to the Hercules 253, a jack-up drilling rig owned by Hercules, which was anchored off Galveston Island.

Court papers are mum about the exact circumstances which led to the plaintiff injuring himself, but the suit faults the defendants for providing an inadequate crew, training, equipment, and supervision.

Williams claims his injury requires an operation.

In addition to compensation, he requests a jury trial.

The Lanier Law Firm, P.C. is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County Court No. 2 Judge C.G. "Trey" Dibrell, III is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 63,477

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