San Diego Maritime Lawyer Files Seaman Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuit

Dec 21, 2010, 13:56 ET from The Turley Law Firm

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A San Diego Maritime Lawyer from The Turley Law Firm, APLC, has filed a Jones Act lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against Hornblower, Inc., and Hornblower Yachts, Inc., LLC.  

Hornblower owns a fleet of vessels operated in San Diego harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The vessels are used for San Diego harbor tours, whale watching tours, charter luxury yachts and dinner cruises. Plaintiff was a maintenance engineer who worked aboard the San Diego based tourist vessels.

The Complaint alleges Plaintiff Robert Flores was an employee of Hornblower and a Jones Act Seaman.  Flores was injured due to exposure to carbon monoxide aboard the vessel Hornblower Adventure. Hornblower cut corners on repairs and maintenance aboard the vessel and, as a result, Flores is permanently injured due to carbon monoxide poisoning.  

Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by inhaling CO. Carbon monoxide (CO)  is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. CO builds up in enclosed or semi-enclosed areas such as engine rooms in vessels. People respond differently to the same level of carbon monoxide. Because of this, carbon monoxide poisoning can range from mild to severe in different people with the same level of exposure.

Delayed symptoms or long-term adverse effects of CO poisoning can occur days or weeks after poisoning. They include memory loss, changes in personality, seizures, disorientation, impaired reasoning ability, and behavioral or learning difficulties.  "Due to severe exposure to carbon monoxide, it appears Mr. Flores may never be able to work again," the San Diego Maritime Lawyer explains is the basis for the case.

"Cutting corners on safety related issues aboard vessels is all too common," San Diego Carbon monoxide Lawyer  Bill Turley states.  "It is not management or vessel Captains that are required to work in carbon monoxide filled engine rooms, so routine maintenance is delayed," the California Jones Act Lawyer adds.  "When this happens, crew members may be seriously and permanently injured," according to the San Diego Carbon Monoxide  Lawyer.

Bill has been a San Diego Maritime Lawyer since 1987.  He is a leading California Jones Act Lawyer.  He was elected President of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.  Bill is a California Maritime Lawyer/ California Carbon Monoxide Lawyer.  Bill Turley and Dave Mara have had two Jones Act Seaman articles published in the acclaimed CAOC "Forum" magazine this year.

The Turley Law Firm has the most comprehensive California maritime lawyer website and comprehensive California Jones Act Lawyer website.

Robert Flores vs.  Hornblower Yachts, Inc., LLC. and Hornblower, Inc., Inc.

Case No.: 37-2010-00103334-CU-PO-CTL

SOURCE The Turley Law Firm