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Doyle Files Jones Act Lawsuit against Nippon Steel

Doyle LLP has filed a Jones Act and general maritime lawsuit in Harris County against Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal (“Nippon Steel”) on behalf of an injured seaman. The seaman, a Field Project Manager and Supervisor, was engaged in sandblasting a Nippon-operated pipe lay barge when he suffered debilitating injuries to his neck and arms.

As owner and operator of M/V KUROSHIO, Nippon Steel was obligated to maintain a vessel of seaworthy conditions and fit for its intended purpose. This obligation was violated as the plaintiff, serving as a member of the crew, and servicing the vessel, was injured due to the company’s failure to provide adequate crew, proper equipment, operations, and other supportive elements.

This harmful condition violates the laws and regulations of the United States of America for vessels. Nippon Steel further breached its obligations of timely maintenance and cure payments to our client. This entailed a delay of medical evacuation from the vessel after the injury and failure to provide compensations required by law. This denial, despite the plain indications of the necessity, can only be described as willful, arbitrary, and capricious.

Doyle stands behind this client in his fight against a company refusing to honor its obligation as our firm continues to successfully represented clients against some of the largest maritime employers in the world.

If you or someone you know has been involved in any type of offshore accident, contact the experienced maritime lawyers of Doyle to discuss your options.