An Orange County man claims he sustained injuries while inspecting a ship after he fell on steps as he exited the vessel.

Gregory Temple filed a lawsuit March 8 in Jefferson County District Court against Anglo-Eastern Ship Management and Heroic Hera.

In his complaint, Temple alleges the defendants hired him to inspect their ships on April 23, 2011. As Temple was attempting to leave the vessel at about 4:50 p.m., he alleges the steps on which he was walking slipped from beneath him, causing him to fall, according to the complaint.

Because of his tumble, Temple claims he sustained injuries to his knee and leg, experienced physical pain and mental anguish and incurred medical costs, the suit states. He also lost earnings and sustained physical impairment, the complaint says.

Temple blames the defendants for causing his fall, saying they negligently failed to inspect the ship to discover the dangerous condition, failed to correct the condition, failed to provide Temple with a safe place to work, failed to warn of the dangerous condition and failed to provide a safe entrance and exit to the ship.

B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell in Beaumont will be representing him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E192-153

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