Diver sues vessel after decompression sickness

Michelle Massey Jun. 2, 2010, 9:00am

NEW ORLEANS-A commercial diver has filed a Jones Act lawsuit against his employer after he sustained a decompression injury.

Travis Lamm filed suit against Chet Morrison Diving on May 28 in the federal court in New Orleans.

The incident occurred on March 27 when Lamm was working for Chet Morrison Diving as a commercial diver, seaman and member of the crew of the Lift Boat Dixie Endeavor.

Lamm states that during the course of his work, he sustained a serious central nervous system decompression sickness, also known as "the bends," and vestibular injury after a dive.

The plaintiff accuses the defendant of negligence in the operation and maintenance of the vessel, gear, crew, working conditions, medical assessment and supervision, planning and direction of work the crew was performing.

Lamm also accuses Chet Morrison Diving of negligent acts that caused the unseaworthiness of the Lift Boat Dixie Endeavor. Lamm claims he was not provided a safe place to work, safe gear or equipment and that the vessel was not properly manned.

He is seeking damages for severe pain and mental anguish, sustained disability, past and future lost wages, found and fringe benefits, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, interest and court costs.

Under the Jones Act, Lamm claims he is entitled to maintenance and cure to provide appropriate medical care and rehabilitation until he reaches maximum medical care.

New Orleans attorneys Bobby J. Delise and Alton J. Hall Jr. of Delise & Hall are representing Lamm.

Jury trial requested.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey is assigned to the litigation.

Case No. 2:10cv01603

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