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Seaman settles suit

A Galveston seaman, who claims he slipped in some water while boarding a vessel, has settled his lawsuit, which sought $5 million in damages, against Phil Guilbeau Offshore.

As previously reported, John Therrell filed his suit Oct. 28, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the vessel lacked sufficient lighting for safe boarding.

A court official told the Southeast Texas Record on Monday that the case settled before it could go to trial.

As of Nov. 13, no settlement was on file.

The suit alleges that on Sept. 13, 2010, Therrell was boarding the Lucas John vessel when he slipped on water that had pooled on the deck.

He claims he suffered severe injuries to his lower back, hip, left leg and right knee.

Therrell alleges Phil Guilbeau Offshore’s vessel was improperly lighted and tied to the dock.

He was suing for $5 million, plus his alleged mental anguish, lost wages and medical expenses.

Therrell is represented by Galveston attorney Anthony Buzbee.

Houston attorney James Pompkins of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith represents Phil Guilbeau Offshore.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A188-706


David Yates
Southeast Texas Record
November 13, 2012