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Glaze, Higman Barge Lines, Jones Act & Seaman

ADMIRALTY, JONES ACT & MARITIMEGlaze, Higman Barge Lines, Jones Act & Seaman: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a summary judgment motion.

The Glaze, Higman Barge Lines, Jones Act & Seaman case documents what many workers on a vessel, tugboat, ship, offshore, oil rig, oil platform, roustabouts and seaman may face today – an offshore injury or oil rig accident suffered while working on a ship or vessel, oil rig, oil platform or offshore that may be a potential admiralty injury, Jones act injury & maritime injury case.

To find out more on the case, see Case No. 13-6604 – October 23, 2014.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • This matter is before the court on a motion for summary judgment filed by defendant, Higman Barge Lines, Inc. Higman argues that it is entitled to summary judgment because plaintiff, Frank Glaze, cannot establish that he was injured as the result of an accident aboard a Higman vessel, or that Higman was negligent or provided an unseaworthy vessel.
  • In December 2009, Higman hired Glaze as a relief captain. At that time, Glaze had worked on tugboats in various capacities since 1972.
  • In 2010, Glaze was assigned to Higman’s tugboat the M/V SNIPE to work as a relief pilot. Glaze worked aboard the M/V SNIPE until August 19, 2013, when Higman temporarily reassigned him to the M/V TEXIAN while the M/V SNIPE went into the shipyard for repairs.
  • Glaze worked aboard the M/V TEXIAN until August 23, 2013. Thereafter, he took time off from August 23, 2013 to September 10, 2013. From September 10, 2013 to October 1, 2013, Glaze again worked aboard the M/V SNIPE. Glaze did not return to work after his hitch ended on October 1, 2013.
  • Glaze did not report any type of accident or injury to Higman in July or August of 2013.
  • On August 30, 2013, Glaze was examined by a physician as part of his application to renew his captain’s license.
  • Glaze denied any physical injury or limitations, and the physician found that he did not to have any physical limitations. On September 5, 2013, Glaze saw Dr. David Cox with complaints of right arm and back pain, but denied any recent injury.
  • On October 2, 2013, Glaze saw Dr. Shawn Figari complaining of knee pain. Glaze told Dr. Figari that he could not recall any specific injury, but that he had been achy.


Have you been injured in an offshore accident? If you have been injured while working as longshoremen, roughneck, 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) 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

For more on admiralty, Jones act and admiralty 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 on a boat or vessel, working on an oil rig platform and are considered a 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.