Seaman Christopher Horner, a ship's captain, is suing his employer, Associated Marine Services, alleging the company should have provided better communication with the deck hands assisting him while he pulled a line.

The suit was filed June 21 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, 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.

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

The plaintiff is suing for maintenance and cure benefits.

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

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

Case No. B192-605

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