Seaman is suing employer for negligence after breaking hand

Ben Hart Mar. 31, 2014, 3:35pm

A local seaman is suing over claims he sustained injuries after an accident on a sea vessel.

Victor Arzu-Martinez filed a lawsuit March 18 in the Jefferson County against Seabulk Tankers Inc., citing negligence under the Jones Act. 

Arzu-Martinez claims that on March 24, 2013, he was working on the vessel American Phoenix, which was owned by the defendant.

According to the brief, the defendant's negligence resulted in a drill twisting at the wrong time and Arzu-Martinez seriously injuring himself, including breaking his hand.

Arzu-Martinez is seeking damages in excess of jurisdictional minimum, attorney's fees and court costs.

He is being represented in the case by Houston attorneys Kurt B. Arnold, J. Kyle Findley and M. Paul Skrabanek of Arnold & Itkin LLP.

Jefferson County Case No. A195-509


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Jefferson County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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