8/20/2020 E-Library - Information At Your Fingertips: Printer Friendly SECOND DIVISION [ G.R. No. 214906, January 16, 2019 ] ABOSTA SHIPMANAGEMENT CORP., CIDO SHIPPING COMPANY LTD., AND ALEX S. ESTABILLO, PETITIONERS, V. DANTE C. SEGUI, RESPONDENT. DECISION J. REYES, JR., J.: This labor case is about a seaman's claim for a maximum benefit of permanent and total disability benefits, and attorney's fees. The Facts of the Case As narrated by Labor Arbiter (LA) Fatima Jambaro-Franco (LA Franco), the facts are the following: [Respondent Dante C. Segui] alleged that he was hired by the [petitioners Abosta Shipmanagement Corporation/Cido Shipping Company Ltd./Alex Estabillo] as an able seaman on board the vessel M/V Grand Quest with a salary of US$564.00 per month; that his employment was covered by an ITF IBF JSU Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA); that prior to his deployment, he underwent the required pre-employment medical examination (PEME) of which he was declared fit to work and thereafter, boarded the vessel on June 16, 2009; that during his employment, he would be on duty more than 12 hours a day resulting in extreme fatigue and exhaustion; that on October 26, 2010, while on duty, he felt cramps followed by a severe back pain; that he informed the master who advised him to rest; that the next day, he was unable to stand and remained in his cabin for the rest of the voyage; that when the vessel arrived in South Africa, he was admitted to a medical facility and he underwent an x-ray of his back and injection on his left knee; that the same procedure was taken in Colombia and again in Panama where he was diagnosed with a lumbar disc problem and was recommended repatriation; that on December 2, 2010, he arrived in Manila and was referred to the Manila Doctors Hospital where a CT Scan showed he was suffering from "Circumferential Disc Bulge at L4-L5 with Posteromedial Herniation of the Nucleus Pulposus as well as associated Spinal Canal and Neuroforaminal Narrowings as described; Lumbar Spondylosis" x x x; that on December 14, 2010, he underwent Laminotomy and Discectomy at Level L4-L5 and was confined for 3 weeks; that he continued with his therapy but his condition did not improve; that despite the treatment, [Segui's] pain and discomfort persisted, thus, he sought another treatment and opinion from an independent doctor in the elibrary.judiciary.gov.ph/thebookshelf/showdocsfriendly/1/64944 1/12

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