Deckhand claims injuries over defective barge gunnel

By Kelly Holleran | Apr 15, 2009

A man has filed suit against Inland Marine Service, claiming his right knee was injured after he fell.

Robby Lee Harper says he was working as a deckhand and member of the crew of the JB Klinepeter on June 3 when he fell due to a defect in a barge gunnel.

In addition to his injured knee, Harper says he lost wages, suffered a loss of earning capacity, experienced pain and suffering and incurred medical costs. He also suffered disability, according to the complaint filed April 9 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Inland breached duties to provide Harper with a safe work place, safe equipment and sufficient supervision, the suit states.

In the three-count suit, Harper is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000 and a judgment of not less than $40 per day for maintenance, plus interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Matthew R. Chapman of Becker, Schroader and Chapman in Granite City will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-369.

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