POINT PLEASANT - A man and his wife from Point Pleasant are suing over claims he suffered serious injuries while working as a deckhand in the Ohio River.

Robert A. Wilson and his wife, Melissa M. Wilson, filed a lawsuit Feb. 20, in the Circuit Court of Mason County against AEP River Operations LLC, citing negligence and failure to provide a safe work environment.

Robert Wilson says he suffered severe back injuries on Jan. 2 when the defendant's towboat captain caused the vessel to move suddenly, without warning the plaintiff.

Wilson was working on an ice-covered barge holding a line attached to the towboat, and the sudden movement caused him to jerk and spin around, seriously injuring his lower back, he says. He claims the defendant also failed to allow him to seek immediate medical care, according to the complaint.

He and his wife are seeking an undetermined amount of relief.

The Wilsons are being represented by Pittsburgh attorney Frederick B. Goldsmith of Goldsmith & Ogrodowski.

Circuit Court of Mason County Case No. 13-C-32.

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