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A daring captain who risked his life to save crew members from a nearby sinking vessel, is now suing that vessel’s owner for injuries he suffered during the rescue.

According to the Louisiana Record, the M/V Bev began to sink on April 11, 2009.  After hearing cries for help, Captain Ralph V. Toland of the M/V Texas Tiger rushed to the crew’s aid. In doing so, Toland suffered serious injuries to his hand, head and shoulder. The Record reports that the injuries are “serious and disabling.”

Toland is suing the Antill Pipeline & Construction Co. for pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost earnings, physical impairment, disfigurement, medical expenses, attorney’s fees, and court costs. According to The Record, Toland is invoking the Jones Act in his suit.

The Jones Act is a federal law that protects seamen who suffer maritime injuries. If Toland qualifies as a Jones Act plaintiff, he will be entitled to a jury trail.  As an experienced Jones Act lawyer, I’d be honored to discuss your legal rights, should you or a loved one have been injured at sea. All of our initial consultations are free and confidential.

[Photo Caption: The Discoverer Deep Seas, where worker Christopher Gonzales sustained a serious fall. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior)]

On April 19, 2011, a National Oilwell Varco employee plummeted more than 85 feet down an open hole on the Discoverer Deep Seas, after supervisors removed protecting grating under his feet. The employee, Christopher Gonzales, recently sued Alimak Hek, the company supervising his work.

According to the Louisiana Record, Gonzales was working 225 feet above the drill floor, installing paneling in the ship’s elevator shaft. He was told he’d be working on top of the elevator, and that he’d be safe.

Gonzales says that a supervisor then unexpectedly lowered the elevator, and created a dangerous open hole. The Record reports that Gonzales felt “rushed” throughout the project.

Gonzales suffered “severe, painful and disabling injuries” after he fell, according to the Record. The injuries have required multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation.

Louisiana law does little to protect its maritime workers, but Gonzales may be subject to recourse under the Federal Jones Act of 1920. The Jones Act enables injured seamen to bring a personal injury suit against their employers.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury at sea, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Our experienced team of lawyers can help guide you through the complexities of filing a Jones Act case.