GALVESTON — A Harris County man is suing a heavy haul carrier services provider, alleging the defendant's negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff. 

Johny H. John filed a lawsuit Nov. 7 in Galveston County District Court against Joseph Murphy II and Lone Star Transportation LLC, alleging Lone Star failed to provide adequate training and instruction for Murphy to perform his work safely.

According to the complaint, while in the course of Murphy's employment with Lone Star, he asked John to help him guide his 27-ton equipment onto his trailer at the port of Galveston. The suit says Murphy struck the gear handle of the boom, causing it to swing wildly, striking the John and knocking him off the trailer and onto the ground.

The suit says the fall caused John severe injuries, including a fractured pelvis, plus mental anguish, loss of earnings and physical impairment. The plaintiff alleges Murphy failed to to keep a proper lookout, failed to turn off the machine and de-power the hydraulic system before exiting the cab and failed to exercise control over the excavator.

John seeks trial by jury, monetary relief between $200,000 and $1 million, pre- and post judgment interest, costs of suit and all other relief. He is represented by attorney Mark W. Collmer of Collmer Law Group in Houston.

Galveston County District Court Case number 16-cv-1314

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