An offshore worker is suing his employers, alleging negligence for injuries he says he sustained while working aboard a vessel.

Joaquin Gutierrez filed a lawsuit Oct. 30 in Jefferson County District Court against M & M Industrial Services, Transocean and Murphy Oil Corporation, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on July 3, while employed by the defendants on a drill ship rig known as Discoverer Deep Seas, Gutierrez was being transported by bucket onto the vessel when the bucket struck something, injuring Gutierrez's back, neck, shoulder, arm and body in general.

The suit says the defendants were negligent in failing to maintain the vessel in a seaworthy condition and reasonable state of repair, failing to take reasonable safety precautions, failing to warn of known and existing dangers and hazards, failing to provide proper equipment and other negligent acts or omissions.

As a result, the suit says the plaintiff sustained the above injuries, as well as pain and mental anguish, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment and disfigurement and medical expenses.

Gutierrez seeks monetary relief of more than $100,000, interests and court costs. He is represented by attorney B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court case number E-197771.

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