Florida seaman files Jones Act lawsuit against Houston company

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Sep. 27, 2010, 8:36am

A Florida seaman has filed a lawsuit against barge company claiming he was permanently injured.

Robert Occhiogrosso filed suit against Maryland Marine Inc., doing business as Higman Barge Lines Inc., on Sept. 16 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

According to the lawsuit, the accident occurred on June 27, 2009, as Occhiogrosso was working as a member of the crew of the Tugboat Annopolis in Houston.

He states the vessel's unsafe and unseaworthy conditions caused him to suffer permanent personal injuries to his body. Further, he states the accident was caused by the negligence of the defendant or the defendant's employees.

The plaintiff is seeking more than $75,000 in damages for physical pain, mental anguish, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, loss of life's pleasures, loss of physical capacity, disfigurement, loss of ability to perform household services, interest and court costs.

Occhiogrosso is represented by Harold Eisenman in Houston.

Case No. 1:10-cv-00576

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