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.