Maritime worker alleges vessel owner's negligence led to injuries in crane incident

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 25, 2019

HOUSTON — A Louisiana man is suing a vessel owner, alleging he was injured by a crane. 

James Nelson filed a complaint on April 19 in the Harris County District Court against Ranger Offshore Inc., alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Nelson was working aboard a vessel belonging to the defendant on June 28, 2018, in the Gulf of Mexico. The suit states despite dangerous sea and weather conditions, Ranger Offshore's crane operator tried to perform a lift.

Nelson says a shackle and sling attached to a crane struck him, causing injuries to his stomach, right shoulder, neck, lower extremities and back.

The plaintiff alleges Ranger Offshore failed to provide proper training and equipment to perform the job and failed to take reasonable precations for his safety.

Nelson seeks monetary damages of more than  $1 million, courts costs, attorney fees and all other just relief. He is represented by attorneys Marcus R. Spagnoletti and Eric J. Rhine of Spagnoletti Law Firm in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-27721

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