Jones Act suit filed against Esco Marine

By David Yates | Dec 26, 2011

An Esco Marine employee has filed a Jones Act suit against the company for injuries he received in July.

Alleging Esco failed to provide him with a safe workplace, Sergio Higa filed the suit on Dec. 14 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on July 11 Higa was working for Esco when he "received serious and disabling injuries" that required medical attention.

However, the suit fails to state how Higa was injured and declines to list a single specific act of negligence committed by Esco in causing his alleged injuries.

The suit only alleges the vessel was unseaworthy but does not state how.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Houston attorney Brian Beckcom of Vujasinovic & Beckcom represents him.

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

Case No. A191-473

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