Seaman sues after vessel capsizes

Michelle Massey Aug. 3, 2010, 5:42am

A seaman has filed a lawsuit due to the injuries he received when his vessel capsized.

Louis Trosclair filed suit against LL&G Construction July 19 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred in March 2007 as Trosclair was performing his assigned duties aboard the vessel. He says his vessel capsized and sank in Lake Pontchartrain after a barge, owned by the defendant and tied to Trosclair's vessel, began to sink.

LL&G Construction is accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work, proper equipment, personnel or properly man the vessel, failing to warn the plaintiff, failing to exercise reasonable care in discovering and correcting unsafe conditions on the vessel, failing to properly maintain and repair the vessel, hiring and retaining untrained and unskilled co-employees, and failing to provide competent and adequate supervisory authority.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for maintenance and cure, attorney fees, court costs, interest and punitive damages.

Trosclair is represented by New Orleans attorneys Lawrence Blake Jones and David C. Whitmore of Scheuermann & Jones.

U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv02010

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