A dock worker, who sustained a brain injury when hit by a defective mooring cable, has won his brain damage at work injury claim.
Cody Karl of League City, Texas, was employed at the Magellan Terminal located on the Houston Ship Channel when, on 1st June 2008, he formed part of a team assigned to dock a 600 foot tanker. Cody was on board a docking skiff when one of the cables used to moor the ship parted and hit him on the head.
Despite wearing a hard hat, Cody was diagnosed with brain injuries which resulted in cognitive dysfunction and a loss of physical strength along the left side of his body. After seeking legal counsel, Cody made an injuries at work claim against the Magellan Terminal, claiming that the mooring cable was in an unsafe condition for the tension it had to withstand.
Cody’s employers argued the claim, stating that Cody himself should have seen that the cable had deteriorated and was not safe to use, but at the 125th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, Judge Christine Butts found in favour of the claimant and awarded him €11.6m.