Deckhand sues employer after losing his balance and falling

Michelle Massey Jul. 14, 2010, 9:52am


A Louisiana resident is blaming his employer for a fall that allegedly injured his knee and back.

Helron J. Moore filed suit against Western Rivers Boat Management doing business as Quality Marine July 1 in federal court in New Orleans.

Moore was working as a deck hand aboard the vessel, M/V Neva Bella when the alleged incident happened in November 2009, the complaint states. Moore says he was making up a tow when the tug unexpectedly moved in the wrong direction, causing him to lose his balance and fall against a pry bar. Moore claims he suffered severe, debilitating, disfiguring and permanent injuries to his back, leg, hip and knee.

Western Rivers is accused of negligence for failing to provide competent supervision, ordering plaintiff to perform an unsafe task and failing to follow signals to move the barge to the port side rather than the starboard.

Moore states that Western Rivers' vessel the M/V Neva Belle is unseaworthy due to having incompetent supervision, having an insufficient crew to perform work and other unseaworthy conditions.
Moore believes the defendant should be obligated to pay maintenance, cure and unearned wages until he reaches maximum medical improvement.
The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent disability, interest and court costs.

Attorney Stephen P. Bruno in New Orleans is representing Moore.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv01886

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