Seaman sues after being struck by falling pipe

Michelle Massey Aug. 26, 2010, 6:00am


Lockport resident Donald Champagne has filed a lawsuit against his employer Chet Morrison Contractors Inc. and CM 15, after he was allegedly struck by a falling pipe and injured.

The incident occurred Nov. 14, 2009 when Champagne says he was unexpectedly struck with a joint pipe when it became dislodged from a pipe roller.

He claims he suffered severe bodily injuries, including cervical and lumbar spine damage.

The defendants are accused of failing to provide Champagne with a safe place to work, negligently operating the tension machine of the CM 15, negligently failing to keep the CM 15 in a condition that was safe for its intended purposes, and for other acts of negligence and conditions of unseaworthiness.

The lawsuit was filed Aug. 18 in federal court in New Orleans.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses, loss or diminution of earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of household services, maintenance and cure benefits, compensatory damages, attorney fees, costs, interest and exemplary damages.

Champagne is represented by Lawrence Blake Jones, David C. Whitmore and Kristi A. Post of Scheuermann and Jones in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv02778

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