Jones Act lawsuit filed after seaman is struck by crane

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Aug. 22, 2011, 6:47am


A Conroe resident has filed a Jones Act lawsuit against his employer after he was struck by a crane resulting in serious injuries to his neck and back.

Daniel Laxson filed suit against Atlantic Marine Equipment, Towing Management and the M/V AET Explorer on Aug. 17 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

According to the original complaint, the incident occurred on June 29 as Laxson was employed by Towing Management and was aiding the M/V AET Explorer. He states he sustained serious personal injuries to his neck and back when he was struck by a crane on the AET Explorer.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to properly supervise the crew, failing to properly train their employees, failing to provide adequate safety equipment, operating the vessel with an inadequate crew, failure to maintain the vessel, and for violating applicable Coast Guard, OSHA and MMS rules.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain, mental anguish, severe pain, physical impairment, discomfort, mental anguish, distress, medical expenses, maintenance and cure, attorney's fees, interest and court costs.

Laxson is represented by Matthew D. Shaffer of Schechter, Mcelwee, Shaffer & Harris in Houston. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:11-cv-00390

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