Neches Gulf Marine files certificate of discovery in personal injury case

David Yates Nov. 28, 2011, 4:00am


Neches Gulf Marine recently filed a certificate of discovery in a suit brought by Glenn Gunnlaugsson, who sued after his leg was ripped off while working as a deckhand.

In June, the Southeast Texas Record reported that Glenn Gunnlaugsson filed suit against Neches Gulf Marine, claiming he watched as his leg was severed from his body as he attempted to secure a boat to an offshore drilling platform.

Neches Gulf filed the certificate on Oct. 14, stating that it has forwarded the following documents to all known counsel of record: second request for production of documents and things to plaintiff.

Court records show the 52-year-old Gunnlaugsson claims he worked as a deck hand on the boat M/V San Jacinto, owned by Neches Gulf Marine, on April 9, 2010.

According to the complaint, after securing one of the boat's lines to the platform, Gunnlaugsson stood holding another line waiting for further instructions as to how the boat should be secured to the platform.

"During the process, Plaintiff was thrown into the mooring line and entangled in it," the suit states. "When the mooring line became taught, Plaintiff's right leg was caught in the mooring line and severed just below the knee. Plaintiff actually watched his leg while still in his rubber boot be thrown across the vessel.

"After it was ripped from his body, Plaintiff then had to crawl across the deck of the vessel, bleeding profusely, in shock, to the Pilot House to seek assistance as he was the only member of the crew on the deck. Finally, just before passing out, he was helped below to the galley area where an improvised tourniquet was secured to the remaining stump of his right leg."

Gunnlaugsson is suing for his physical and mental pain, lost wages, medical expenses, disfigurement and impairment.

Stephen A. Taggart of Beaumont represents him.

Neches Gulf Marine is represented by Beaumont attorney Michael Eaves of Calvert Eaves Clarke & Stelly.

Case No. D187-015

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