BEAUMONT – A Port Arthur man is seeking more than $1 million from his employers after he was purportedly injured while working on an allegedly unseaworthy vessel.
Mario C. Lopez filed a complaint on Jan. 10 in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas against MBLH Marine LLC, Kirby Corp., Westport Orange Shipyard, Vessel Repair Inc., et al. citing the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by Westport and/or Vessel Repair and on Jan. 14, 2017, he was injured when he fell into a dangerous hole in the deck of a towing vessel. He claims he sustained serious and permanent injuries to his back, legs, feet, ankle and body. He alleges he was wrongfully discharged from his employment on Dec. 17, 2017.
The plaintiff holds MBLH Marine LLC, Kirby Corp., Westport Orange Shipyard, Vessel Repair Inc., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide a seaworthy towing vessel.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million and such other legal and appropriate relief. He is represented by Newton B. Schwartz Sr., Vincent K. Lo and Mabel Lee-Lo of Law Offices of Newton B. Schwartz Sr. in Houston.
Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 1:18-cv-00012