Jones Act suit filed against Ingram Barge Co.

Ann Knef May 16, 2006, 11:44am

Barge deckhand Christopher R. Munoz filed a Jones Act suit against the Ingram Barge Company in St. Clair County Circuit Court May 5 for a foot/ankle injury he sustained April 4 aboard the MV Robin M. Ingram.

Munoz, represented by Marc W. Parker of the Lakin Law Firm in Wood River, is seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages, plus costs, prejudgment interest and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.

The complaint alleges the defendant failed to provide Munoz a safe place to work and failed to warn him of the dangers in his work area. The barge operates on the Mississippi River.

He also claims the barge operator did not provide him adequate maintenance for the cure of his injuries and is seeking reimbursement of medical expenses.

Munoz claims the defendant's negligence has caused him to suffer extensive injuries and pain, lost wages and permanent disfigurement.

The three-count lawsuit also claims the river barge is unseaworthy.

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