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Seaman Settles Jones Act suit

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Feb 02 2010 at 2:11 PM
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A Mississippi seaman says he is going to settle the personal injury lawsuit that he has filed against Rowan Companies.

Nicky Hutson filed the lawsuit against his employer after being bonked on the head with a sledge hammer by a fellow shipmate. According to Hutson, the company negligently failed to oversee its employees.

According to court documents, Hutson was employed by Rowan as a Jones Act Seaman aboard the vessel Bob Palmer, located in Sabine Pass, on May 23, 2007. He experienced an accident that resulted in severe painful injuries to his head and other parts of his body while employed by Rowan and while being overseen by Rowan, the lawsuit states. He was actually struck on the head with a sledge hammer by another employee, the court papers say.

The complaint states Rowan was negligent for failing to properly supervise its crew and provide Hutson with adequate safety equipment.

The trial had been scheduled to begin February 8. However, the parties called the office of presiding Jefferson County Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District on February 1. According to reports, the parties reached a tentative settlement.

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