Our client was injured while working as a deck hand on a tow boat for his employer. When our client attempted to descend a ladder into the hopper of the barge to assist with the cleaning, the wooden ladder was not secured at the top and did not have rubber cleats on the bottom causing the ladder to slide out from underneath him and fall into the hole of the barge. Our client suffered from retrograde amnesia and a sustained a closed head injury. He developed headaches, dizziness, tremors, cognitive problems, severe anxiety, mood swings, fatigue, TMJ and sleeplessness. Our client filed a lawsuit alleging negligence under the Jones Act, unseaworthiness of defendant’s vessels, and a claim for maintenance and cure. This claim settled prior to trial, in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.