PENSACOLA – An Indiana couple allege the husband was injured on a fishing expedition.
and Shea Imhausen filed a complaint on March 14 in the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division against
United States of America alleging general maritime law negligence.
According to the
complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on March 25, 2015, Bradley
Imhausen was on a fishing expedition on the defendant's ship. The suit
states he was sitting at the bow of the vessel as instructed and when
the vessel encountered a large wave, which caused the plaintiff to fly
into the air and sit hard back down on the bench. The plaintiff alleges
his injuries included a fracture of the lumbar and thoracic spine and that he was
forced to undergo extensive surgery and therapy, incurred significant
medical expenses, lost his job, and caused plaintiff's wife to be
deprived of her husband's comfort, affection and services.
plaintiffs hold United States of America responsible because the
defendant allegedly permitted the vessel to be operated in an
unseaworthy manner, and failed to ensure that the vessel was operated by
competent, experienced, well-trained and well-supervised captain and
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment
against defendant, compensatory damages, costs, interest and all other
relief available under applicable maritime law as the court deems just.
They are represented by J. Rice Ferrelle Jr. of Ferrelle Burns PA in
Neptune Beach and Jessica Gonzalez-Monge of Rubenstein Law in Orlando.
U.S. District Court for the
District of Florida, Pensacola Division Case number 3:17-cv-00167