Doyle LLP has filed a maritime law claim against OSG Ship Management, Inc. Overseas Shipholding Group Inc., and ASC Leasing IX Inc. on behalf of a seaman who was injured offshore.
The Houston, Texas, based suit, arises from injuries that were suffered by an offshore worker, called a seaman under maritime law and the Jones Act, who is from Hawaii and was working in the Gulf of Mexico in international waters, as defined by maritime law and admiralty law.
Due to the negligence of Doyle LLP’s client’s Jones Act employer, OSG, and the negligence and unseaworthiness of OSG’s vessel, the Overseas Anacortes, and its crew, Doyle LLP’s client was injured on or about May 24, 2016. Importantly, because the Jones Act and maritime law often have a three-year statute of limitation to bring claims, the suit was still viable, even though the injury had occurred years before. On the date of the incident in question, Doyle LLP’s client was a Jones Act seaman because he was a member of the crew of the Vessel Overseas Anacortes, as defined by maritime law. He suffered injuries to his shoulder, forearm, elbow, biceps, and body generally when a broken oven door slammed closed on his arm and shoulder, while he was preparing food for the crew. The suit alleges that the Defendant, OSG, as a Jones Act employer, knew that the oven door was broken and in need of repairs, yet they failed to fix the oven door or maintain the oven door in a safe condition. Defendants’ conduct amounts to negligence, negligent hiring, training, supervision, maintenance, and failing to provide adequate parts and equipment for the oven door, as defined by the Jones Act, duty of unseaworthiness, maritime law, and admiralty law.
Under maritime law and Jones Act, the suit seeks damages for significant medical bills, including for shoulder surgery, that were caused by the incident. Under the Jones Act and general maritime law Doyle LLP’s injured client is entitled to seek mental anguish, physical impairment, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Injured offshore workers have important rights under general maritime law, the duty of seaworthiness, the Jones Act, admiralty law, and other offshore injury laws. An experienced attorney is necessary to evaluate your legal claims. Doyle LLP’s attorneys have decades of experience in pursuing and winning maritime and Jones Act cases. If you would like a free consultation regarding your offshore injury claim, call us.