SAN FRANCISCO – A North Carolina man that was contracted as part of a crew abroad a government ship is suing over alleged injuries he sustained while on the job.

Kenneth Wayne Pell filed a complaint on March 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the United States of America, citing unseaworthiness.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 11, 2014, he suffered personal injuries while performing his duties aboard the vessel SS Petersburg, which is a vessel owned by the government's Maritime Administration. The plaintiff holds United States of America responsible because the defendant allegedly neglected its duty to provide a safe work area and adequate tools for its employees to perform their daily duties.

The plaintiff seeks the following: compensation for all damages, past and future loss of earnings, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Lyle C. Cavin Jr. and Lia T. Marks of the Law Offices of Lyle C. Cavin Jr. in San Francisco.

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