Captain alleges crewmembers failed to provide aid when he suffered stroke

By John Suayan | Mar 13, 2018

GALVESTON – A South Texas seaman claims his employer did not provide him immediate medical assistance when he suffered an on the job stroke last year.

In a lawsuit filed against Ryan Marine Services, Inc. in the Galveston County 122nd District Court on Mar. 9, Capt. Gregorio Gutierrez, Sr. says the episode occurred in July 2017 while he worked aboard the M/V Brutus.

The plaintiff alleges he began to show signs of a stroke on July 11, but it was more than 12 hours before the defendant’s crewmembers sought aid for him.

Court papers add none of the crewmembers were certified in CPR nor received any training on stroke symptoms.

The stroke reportedly rendered Gutierrez immobile, to which the suit asserts did not have to happen had the complainant received proper and timely assistance.

Consequently, he seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Ryan H. Zehl and Matt L. Martin of the law firm Zehl & Associates, PC in Houston are representing the plaintiff.

Galveston County 122nd District Court Case No. 18-CV-0297

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