Maritime worker alleges captain's dangerous maneuver led to injuries

By Carrie Bradon | May 7, 2019

GALVESTON — A Louisiana man is suing the captain of a fishing vessel, alleging the plaintiff was injured when a the captain made a dangerous maneuver with the ship.

David Robling filed a complaint on April 25 in the Galveston County District Court against Delbert E. Bull Jr., alleging negligence, unseaworthiness, violation of the Jones Act and failure to maintain.

According to the complaint, Robling working on the fishing vessel Red Bull off High Island on Feb. 20-2. The suit states the captain of the vessel, Bull turned on the winch without warning, causing the boards, nets and tickler chains to be thrown overboard. 

Robling says the chains were wrapped around his chest and he was jerked back and thrown on the deck. While he was trying to free himself from the chains, Robling says he was struck by equipment, leading to injuries and mental anguish.

Robling seeks relief of more than $1 million, actual damages, exemplary damages, court 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.

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-0748

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