A man has filed suit against his former employer, saying he tripped over an improperly strung mooring line while working aboard a ship.

Jonathan Johnson claims he was working for defendant Lewis and Clark Marine as a member of the crew aboard the ship Miranda Paige on Aug. 17 when he tripped on the line.

Because of his fall, Johnson suffered severe and permanent back and right leg injuries, lost wages and lost his earning capacity, according to the complaint filed Sept. 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. He also experienced pain, suffering and mental anguish; incurred medical costs; and suffered disability, the suit states.

Johnson blames Lewis and Clark Marine for contributing to his injuries, saying it negligently failed to maintain the vessel in a safe manner and failed to adequately train members of its crew.

In his complaint, Johnson seeks a judgment of more than $100,000 and medical costs of at least $40 per day, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jerald J. Bonifield of the Law Offices of Bonifield and Rosenstengel in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-516.

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