GALVESTON – A Louisiana man has filed suit against his employer over allegations he was injured because of an unseaworthy vessel.
Zee Ching filed a complaint on Jan. 10 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Marquette Transportation Co. Gulf-Inland LLC alleging that the vessel operator failed to provide a seaworthy vessel.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in Aug. 20, 2016, he was injured while performing his duties in the service of defendant's vessel when he attempted to tie barges without proper assistance.
The plaintiff holds Marquette Transportation Co. Gulf-Inland LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to maintain equipment in a safe and reasonable state of repair and failed to take reasonable precautions for plaintiff's safety.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in an amount exceeding the jurisdictional limits of the court, pre- and post-judgment interest, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, costs and all other relief to which he is entitled. He is represented by Marcus R. Spagnoletti of Spagnoletti & Co. in Houston.
Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 3:18-cv-00004