Two seamen from Galveston, Texas have filed a $2 million personal injury suit against a ship owner for failure to inform them of an allegedly high presence of bacteria on the ship.

According to court papers, while working on the M/V Cheryl K between 2007 and 2008, Orben Bounds and Shawn Owens were stricken with a staph infection. They filed suit against Cheryl K Inc. in the Galveston County, Texas 212th District Court on July 25.

The suit alleges that a virulent form of staph known as MRSA inhabited the M/V Cheryl K, adding that MRSA has no cure and is potentially fatal.

The complaint claims that Bounds and Owens sustained the personal injuries while working as Jones Act seamen aboard a vessel while finishing a job in inland water of Texas. It also alleges that that the owners and operators were aware of the problem.

Court papers also claim that many other workers on the ship suffered staph infections, however Bounds and Owens were among those who suffered “some of the most severe infections.”

The suit claims negligence on the part of the defendants for their failure to address the situation and putting Bounds and Owens, in addition to many others, in harm’s way.

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