Injured barge worker claims vessel unseaworthy

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 3, 2008, 11:44am

Walter Burdick filed a Jones Act complaint against AEP River Transportation in U.S. District Court Jan. 3, alleging he was injured in the performance of his job duties.

Represented by Marc Parker of the Lakin Law Firm, Burdick claims he sustained permanent injuries to his right knee while working on the M/V Capt. Bill Stewart.

Burdick's complaint only states he was injured and does not give specifics on what he was doing when he injured himself. He alleges that the vessel was unseaworthy and not fit for its intended use.

He claims AEP violated the statutory requirements of the Jones Act by failing to provide him a safe place to work, failed to provide safe tools and equipment, failed to provide sufficient equipment and manpower and failed to supervise his work.

According to Burdick, his injury caused him to lose wages, experience pain and suffering, incur medical expenses and a permanent disability.

Burdick is seeking damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs of the suit.

The case has been assigned to District Judge Michael Reagan.

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