David Yates Oct. 12, 2012, 3:51pm

On June 21 Seaman Christopher Horner, a ship’s captain, sued his employer, Associated Marine Services, alleging the company should have provided better communication with the deck hands assisting him while he pulled a line.

Court records show that on Oct. 8 Associated Marine filed a certificate of discovery, showing that it forwarded its response to Horner’s request for disclosure.

The lawsuit alleges that on March 16 Horner was a captain aboard the AMS vessel, the Ronnie Massad, when he injured his left shoulder.

Horner was pulling a line while untying the vessel when the injury occurred.

Horner alleges the defendant negligently failed to provide proper means of communication with other deckhands assisting with the work in question.

He is suing for maintenance and cure benefits.

Houston attorney Matthew Shaffer of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris is representing Horner.

Associated Marine is represented by attorney Michael Eaves of the Beaumont law firm Calvert Eaves Clarke & Stelly.

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

Case No. B192-605

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