Defective door blamed for seaman's injuries

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Mar. 1, 2011, 2:37am

GALVESTON � Galveston resident Jason L. Upchurch is seeking compensation after he injured his right hand while working aboard the M/V Kylie Williams.

In a lawsuit filed Feb. 16 against Upchurch's employer Cardinal Culinary Services LLC, the vessel's owner Aries Marine Corp. and ship leasee WesternGeco in federal court, the plaintiff explains that on March 10, 2009, he severely hurt his hand when the boat rocked during rough seas.

Upchurch, a galley hand, was entering a stairwell on his way to the kitchen when turbulence caused the door to close shut on his hand, the suit says.

According to the original petition: "The plaintiff's injuries were a result of a defective door closer that allowed the door to close too fast."

Consequently, Upchurch seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by Dennis L. Rown, P.C.

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt.

Case No. 3:11-cv-00087

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