GALVESTON — A passenger is suing Shell Island Cruises, Capt. Bill Gorman Excursion Boats, Inc., Capt. Bill Gorman Charter Boats, Inc., Capt. Bill Gorman Fishing Vessels and William S. Gorman, vessel operators, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Aurora Ramirez Leija filed a complaint on Oct. 13, in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against the defendants alleging that they failed to provide a seaworthy vessel.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, in June 15, 2016, she was a passenger aboard the Ashley Gorman when suddenly the vessel crashed into multiple items causing her to be thrown about the vessel and sustain severe and permanent injuries, which resulted in physical pain, loss earnings, mental anguish and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff holds Shell Island Cruises, Capt. Bill Gorman Excursion Boats, Inc., Capt. Bill Gorman Charter Boats, Inc., Capt. Bill Gorman Fishing Vessels and William S. Gorman responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to properly supervise their crew, failed to properly train their employees, failed to provide adequate safety equipment and failed to provide adequate and immediate medical attention.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, in a total sum in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of the court, plus pre- and post-judgment interests, all costs of court, and all such other relief. 

She is represented by Kurt B. Arnold, J. Kyle Findley and Cesar Tavares of Arnold & Itkin LLP in Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 3:16-cv-00249

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