Ship worker severely burned, claims ship was not seaworthy

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 12, 2015

A ship worker who was injured on the job claims his injuries could have been prevented and is now suing all companies involved.

Romeo Tamez filed a suit Oct. 2 in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, claiming negligence and gross negligence against Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Stranco Rental LLC, Dolphin Services LLC, and additional companies whose addresses and identities are unknown despite reasonable diligence on the part of Tamez in addition to those companies’ insurers.

In the suit, Tamez claims he suffered serious burns to his face, chest, neck and other parts of his body when breaking down a flange aboard the Lucius Spar. The incident occurred on or about October 13, 2014.

The claim states the companies failed to properly supervise or train their crew, provide safety equipment or medical treatment, failure to maintain the vessel and other items.

“At all relevant times, the Lucius Spar was unseaworthy,” the suit claims.

Tamez seeks punitive and exemplary damages, in addition to court costs and attorney fees and any other relief he may show himself entitled to. He seeks a jury trial on all claims. Tamez is represented by attorneys Noah M. Wexler and Kelly M. Woods of Arnold & Itkin LLP in Houston.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-04941-SM-SS

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