The Southeast Texas Record reports that a man filed a Jones Act lawsuit against a boat named the Seahawk 2008, the Metalgenics Investment Group Inc., and Chandris Inc. after he sustained severe injuries when a wake from the defendant vessel caused a mooring line to snap and hit the victim in the face. Filing under the Jones Act means that the injured party was on a boat or vessel when injured or killed by another’s negligence. The Jones Act is a federal law enacted by Congress that protects persons who are members of the crew of the boat or vessel. It applies to all workers connected with boating and waterways.
In this case, the defendant vessel was traveling in an inland waterway at an excessive rate of speed, causing a wake. The Plaintiff alleges that the wake hit the sailboat that he was on, causing the mooring line to snap and strike him. He alleges that he sustained severe injuries to his head, face, neck, back and face. A mooring line is the rope used to tie the boat in place, usually at a dock or port of some kind and is usually secured on the boat when not in use.
The Plaintiff also accused the defendants of negligence for sailing at an excessive rate of speed, failing to slow down, and failing to warn the plaintiff and his crew of its wake. The Plaintiff is seeking damages for pain, physical impairment, distress, loss of earning capacity, among others and is requesting a trial by jury.