GALVESTON – A seaman is seeking damages from his employers over allegations he needed knee surgeries after losing his footing on a gangway.
Johan Martinez filed a complaint on Oct. 1 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Crowley Maritime Corp., Intrepid Ship Management Inc. and Vessel Management Services Inc. alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 6, 2015, he was in the course and scope of his employment with the defendants and sustained severe and serious injuries to his knee, leg and body when he lost his footing while descending a portable gangway of a vessel. He alleges he needed two surgeries on his knee as a result.
The plaintiff holds Crowley Maritime Corp., Intrepid Ship Management Inc. and Vessel Management Services Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide safe means of ingress and/or egress to/from the vessels and failed to correct the placement of the portable gangway at a level of inclination to be safely used.
The plaintiff seeks judgment against defendants, jointly and severally, for all damages, plus interest, costs and all such other and further relief that the court may deem proper. He is represented by Paul R. Miller in Houston.
Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 3:18-cv-00304