John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 3, 2014, 2:59pm

GALVESTON - Claiming he sustained multiple injuries while working at sea last year, Chris Stripling has filed a lawsuit.

The Jones Act suit, filed Jan. 2 in Galveston County District Court, blames Breathwit Marine Contractors Inc. and The Tug Jacob B LLC for said injuries Stripling alleges he suffered on March 19, 2013.

At time of the events in question, Breathwit employed the plaintiff aboard the Jacob B.

Court documents show the defendants ordered Stripling to lift a spool of wire, asserting he injured his hand, wrist, shoulder, back and other parts of his body as he performed the task.

"The plaintiff was instructed and taught that lifting such objects manually was the correct and proper way to move such an object," the original petition says.

"The plaintiff was not provided any other means, such as a mechanical means, to move this object."

Breathwit is further accused of failing to provide a seaworthy vessel.

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

He is represented by attorney Anthony G. Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter.

Case No. 14-CV-0003

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