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Injured seaman files lawsuit in Louisiana court

Many people in Louisiana are employed in maritime occupations, including working on vessels, such as fishing vessels, drill ships and other watercraft. These jobs are important, but they can also be dangerous. Therefore, employers must take all the necessary steps to keep their workers safe. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

A man working on a drill ship is accusing his employer of negligence. He has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The man claims that in June 2015, while cleaning a grease trap on the ship, he suffered a slip-and-fall injury. The fall injured his tongue, one wrist, his back and his buttocks.

The man maintains that his employer was negligent because the grease trap was faulty and was not adequately maintained. He claims the grease trapped leaked, and his employer did not provide workers with the proper gear and appurtenances that would allow them to perform their job duties in a safe manner. The man is seeking to take the case to trial to recoup the appropriate compensation for the damages he suffered.

In the end, it is important that workers in Louisiana who are employed on ships are provided with the necessary equipment to perform their jobs safely. Moreover, sea vessels must be properly maintained to ensure worker safety. Those who are concerned that they suffered an injury due to their employer's negligence may want to seek advice from a maritime law attorney, so they can understand what options are available to them, including pursuing a lawsuit against their employer if appropriate.

Source: Louisiana Record, "Seaman employed on Rowan drill ship alleges grease trap caused fall," Michael Abella, March 3, 2017

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