Jones Act Lawsuit Filed After Incident on Helipad

by | Mar 4, 2020 | Firm News, Maritime Law, Personal Injury

Spagnoletti Law Firm recently filed suit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who was injured while working as a roustabout on an offshore vessel.  During the incident, our client was performing his duties in the service of the Vessel, the Rowan Resolute, when he was severely injured. During his work that day, he was forced to work despite severe weather conditions. As he performed work on the heliport, our client was blown to the side, his foot landing in a crevice/ditch in the floor of heliport. As he attempted to free his foot, he was again blown falling into a fence surrounding the heliport and sustaining significant injuries.

At the time, the injured worker was directly employed by Houston-based Spencer Ogden, Inc.  The lawsuit also brings claims against Rowan Companies and Valaris, the owner and operator of the Rowan Resolute.  The lawsuit alleges that the Defendants provided an unseaworthy vessel, and were negligent in:

(a) failing to provide proper and adequate crew on the Vessel;
(b) failing to maintain the Vessel and her appurtenances and/or equipment in a safe and reasonable state of repair;
(c) failing to take reasonable precautions for Plaintiff’s safety;
(d) failing to provide Plaintiff with a reasonably safe place to work;
(e) failing to stop work in dangerous weather;
(f) failing to exercise stop work authority;
(g) failing to perform adequate safety meetings and analyses to identify and minimize the risk to Plaintiff and others; and
(h) other acts of negligence and/or omissions to be shown at trial herein.

The injured Plaintiff is represented by Marcus R. Spagnoletti and Eric J. Rhine.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  This is especially so when working on a large ship. Safe maritime companies must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of their passengers or workers at risk.  Safe maritime companies must be proactive and take preventative measures, including regular maintenance and repairs, as well as ensuring its crew members are adequately trained.

Our experienced lawyers handle maritime personal injury and wrongful death litigation of all kinds and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of a vessel fire. The lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country.

The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of a maritime accident. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to maritime injuries, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.