February trial slated in case alleging shrimper got hand mangled by winch drum

David Yates Aug. 14, 2012, 7:58am


A February trial has been slated in litigation brought by seaman Cong Van Pham, who sued Tim Nguyen and My Julie Corp., alleging it was the defendants' fault he got his hand caught in a winch drum.

As previously reported, the suit was filed Dec. 28 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on Aug. 1 a discovery control plan order was entered in the case, calling for the case to be mediated before Jan. 28, 2013.

If the suit does not settle, the case will go to trial sometime in February 2013, the DCO states.

The lawsuit states that on Sept. 13, 2011, Pham was serving aboard a commercial shrimping vessel and operating the tri-net drum winch when his right hand became entangled in the lines and reeled into the unguarded drum winch, causing catastrophic injuries to his hand, arm and face.

The U.S. Coastguard evacuated Pham by helicopter. He was hospitalized for three weeks, the suit states.

The suit accuses the defendants of negligently failing to man the vessel and provide the proper training.

Pham is suing for his past and future mental anguish, lost wages, impairment and medical expenses, plus all court costs.

League City attorney Scott Krist represents the plaintiff.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A191-574

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