Seaman sues over knee injury

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Nov. 4, 2011, 9:00am

GALVESTON - A Mississippi seaman has filed suit against four entities in response to a knee injury he sustained at sea more than six months ago, recent court documents say.

According to a lawsuit filed Oct. 20 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Timothy Joe Leming of Tylertown, Miss., hurt his left knee as he tried to travel to a platform belonging to and operated by Pisces Energy LLC, Wood Group Production Services Inc. and Wood Group USA Inc on March 20.

Phil Guilbeau Offshore Inc. is also named a defendant in the case because one of its vessels reportedly took Leming to the platform.

The original petition claims the defendants ordered the plaintiff to swing from the Malloy G in rough seas onto a 5-plus deck on the High Island 523C in Louisiana coastal waters, adding the arrival area in question was awash with waves and covered with algae.

Leming slipped and fell and struck the grating with his left knee, the suit says.

He blames the defendants for making the plaintiff perform the act in question under rough conditions and neglecting to inspect said grating.

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

He is represented by Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris.

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

Case No. 3:11-cv-476

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