Ship worker alleges collision of 2 vessels caused injuries

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 4, 2019

HOUSTON — A Jones Act seaman from Louisiana is suing his employer, alleging he was injured when two vessels collided.

Jackie Thomas filed a complaint March 28 in Harris County District Court against Harley Marine Gulf LLC and John Doe Company, alleging negligence and gross negligence.

According to the complaint, Thomas was employed by Harley Marine on March 8, 2018, aboard the vessel Stardust.  The suit says the Stardust and another vessel collided on navigable waters, causing Thomas to sustain injuries to his head, neck, back and other body parts. Thomas says he suffered pain, mental anguish, disability and physical impairment.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to properly train their employees or enforce adequate safety policies and procedures. 

Thomas seeks judgment of more than $1 million, interest, trial by jury and all fit relief. He is represented by attorneys Jason A. Itkin, Noah M. Wexler, Ben Bireley and Jake Balser of Arnold & Itkin LLP in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-22590

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