U.S. D. C. EASTERN DISTRICT OF La. NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana maritime lawyer, Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP, represent a Mississippi seaman who was injured onboard the M/V Jean Pierre and who was employed by Premier Industries, Inc. at the time of the incident.
On June 14, 2012, Plaintiff was working as an employee of Premier Industries, Inc. and as a seaman onboard the M/V Jean Pierre. At the time of the incident, Plaintiff’s superintendent ordered Plaintiff and co-workers to go up in a personnel basket in an attempt to hang a piece of pipe from the riser to the header on the East Battery Platform. While attempting to line the pipe up in extremely windy conditions, Plaintiff’s co-worker stuck a spud wrench in the wrong hole and Plaintiff was unable to hold the pipe causing Plaintiff to suffer serious injuries.
The Plaintiff is a 36 year old husband and father of two that resides in Mt. Olive, Mississippi. The Plaintiff is currently disabled due to this incident.
Due to the subject incident, the Plaintiff has suffered a rather prominent disc protrusion at L5-S1 on the left with flattening of the left S1 root against the left L5-S1 fact joint and his treating physician has recommended surgical intervention in order to correct this injury.
Premier Industries, Inc. is a Louisiana corporation whose principle place of business is in Belle Chasse, Louisiana
Maritime workers who are injured in the course and scope of their work aboard a floating vessel are protected under a federal law known as the Jones Act. Whether you are a deckhand or the captain of a vessel, this protection grants you legal recourse to recover compensation when you suffer accidental injury through the negligence of another.
Offshore working conditions can be very demanding. That’s why maritime workers must remain vigilant at all times in order to avoid surprises and prevent serious offshore accidents. Unfortunately, the negligence of a fellow crew member or the presence of a dangerous condition onboard the vessel can have a devastating impact on even the best prepared workers.
Regardless of whether a person is a seaman, a longshoreman, a harbor worker or a shipyard worker, these individuals have specific rights and benefits when injured or fall ill while employed in a maritime-related job.