Jones Act suit filed against K-Sea Transportation

David Yates Aug. 15, 2011, 7:58am


In 2010, seaman Devon Magill served aboard a vessel owned by K-Sea Transportation.

On Aug. 8 Magill filed a suit against the company in Jefferson County District Court, alleging that he was exposed to benzene during his time aboard the vessel.

In his suit, Magill claims that he now suffers from leukemia and links the cause of the disease to his service aboard the Dublin Sea in 2010.

During that time period, he served as a deckhand aboard the Dublin, which transported benzene and other chemicals across the Gulf of Mexico.

The suit alleges K-Sea Transportation negligently failed to train him on how not to be exposed to the benzene.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Houston attorney Brian Beckcom of Vujasinovic & Beckcom represents him.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B190-654

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