Tank cleaner claims acid burns, sues Seacor for negligence

By Ben Hart | May 1, 2014

A Louisiana man is suing over claims he was burned while cleaning a tank aboard a vessel.

Terry Ross filed a lawsuit April 16 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Seacor Marine LLC and Seacor Offshore LLC, citing negligence.

The plaintiff claims he was employed by U.S. Recovery Systems as a tank cleaner, working on the M/V Gerard Jordan owned by the defendant on July 26, when he was injured.

According to the suit, Ross was cleaning a tank aboard the vessel when he started to feel a burning sensation on his skin. Ross claims it was caused by acid that was in the tank that he was cleaning.

The suit alleges the defendant was negligent in failing to inform Ross there was hazardous acid in the tank.

Ross is seeking damages in excess of jurisdictional minimum, interest, attorney's fees and court costs.

He is being represented in the case by Houston attorneys Marc Evan Kutner and Marcus R. Spagnoletti of Spagnoletti and Co.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 3:14-cv-00133


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Galveston 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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