Gibson, Ocean Shipholdings, Jones Act & Seaman

OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMGibson, Ocean Shipholdings, Jones Act & Seaman: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a Motion for Summary Judgment.

The Gibson, Ocean Shipholdings, Jones Act & Seaman case documents what many workers on a vessel, helicopter, tugboat, ship, offshore, oil rig, oil platform, roustabouts, barge, longshoreman and seaman may face today – an onshore injury, offshore injury or oil rig accident suffered while working on a ship, barge, tugboat, vessel, helicopter, oil rig, oil platform or offshore that may be a potential admiralty injury, Jones act injury & maritime injury case.

A brief summary of the case:

  • Plaintiff while employed on the USNS Watkins, a ship owned by the United States, Department of Defense, Military Sealift Command and operated by OSI as a member of the MSC’s fleet.  Plaintiff was employed by OSI. Plaintiff alleges violations of the Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. App. §688, the Public Vessels Act(“PVA”), 46 U.S.C §31101, et seq, and, in the alternative, the Suits in Admiralty Act(“SAA”), 46 U.S.C. §30901, et seq.
  • Plaintiff served on the Watkins as a chief steward and was allegedly preparing meals for the ship’s crew when injured on or about April 28, 2013.
  • According to Plaintiff, steam coils in the galley had been leaking for several weeks despite repeated requests for them to be repaired. He contends that the steward department could not “eliminate the water and constant moisture on deck.”  While performing his duties, Plaintiff allegedly slipped due to the dampness of the floor, causing his knee to give way.  The fall resulted in injuries to his leg, knee, and spine.  
  • Plaintiff alleges that the injuries led to a total knee replacement and persistent back pain, which have prevented him from returning to sea. 


To find out more on the case, see Case No. 15-662 – October 29, 2015.  The Court ruled: Granted.



Have you been injured in an offshore accident? Offshore injury?

If you have been injured while working as longshoremen, roughneck, roustabout, cruise ship employee, etc., the laws that govern the areas of navigation, shipping, and overseas injuries, known as maritime and admiralty laws, may protect you.

Individuals suffering a Maritime, Admiralty, Jones Act type personal injury (offshore injury, offshore accident, oil rig injury, oil rig accident or injured offshore, mesothelioma) may be entitled to compensation in the form of maintenance payments, lost wages, monies for medical treatment and other damages. These are some of the jobs that may fall under maritime, Jones act or admiralty law:

  • Merchant Marine
  • Longshoremen
  • Cruise Ships
  • Ship Construction
  • River Boats
  • Tug Boats
  • Fish Processing
  • Commercial Underwater Divers
  • Oil Platform/Rig Workers/Roughnecks
  • Casino Boats
  • Helicopter
  • Barge

For more on admiralty, Jones act and maritime injury cases, please follow this link.


At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases. If you have been injured while out at sea, injured while on a boat, helicopter or vessel, working on an oil rig platform and are considered a longshoreman, seaman, and need an admiralty lawyer, Jones act lawyer or maritime lawyer to help you file an admiralty lawsuit, Jones act lawsuit or maritime lawsuit, please contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.