Crew member suffers second and third-degree burns over 60% of his body after vessel strikes an underwater gas pipeline; dies 28 days later
St. Martin & Bourque represented the family of a crew member who sustained serious, and ultimately fatal, burn injuries when his vessel struck and punctured an underwater gas pipeline. At the time of the allision, the vessel was attempting to navigate to an oil storage facility. The gas escaping from the pipeline subsequently ignited and the vessel was engulfed in flames. As a result, the crew member suffered second and third-degree burns to almost 60% of his body. The crew member underwent inpatient treatment at a local burn unit for 28 days, but unfortunately died as a result of his horrific injuries.
The suit was filed against various entities, including the owner of the vessel, the owner of the pipeline, and the owners of the oil storage facility. After taking over 20 depositions and litigating the case for over two years, we were able to reach settlements with all of the defendants totaling $11,450,000.00.