Seaman sues vessel owners over injuries
An Orleans Parish man is suing his former employers after allegedly being injured twice on the job.
Justin R. Lampkin filed suit against United States Maritime Services, Inc. and St. James Equipment Co. Aug. 24 in Orleans Parish District Court.
Lampkin says he was working as a seaman aboard the boat Don D in August 2009 when a cable or chain hit him, injuring his knee and leg. He says he suffered the injuries because of negligence on the part of the vessel's owners and the unseaworthiness of the boat.
In October 2009 Lampkin says he was working as a seaman aboard the Miss Irene when a line popped up and hit him on his hand and wrist, causing injuries to both. Lampkin says the incident happened because the boat was not seaworthy.
United States Maritime Services, Inc. and St. James Equipment Company are listed as the owners and operators of both the Don D and the Miss Irene.
Lampkin is suing both companies for medical expenses, lost wages due to do his inability to work after his injuries and court costs.
Lampkin is also asking United States Maritime Services and St. James Equipment Co. to pay compensatory and punitive damages because of their unwillingness to pay medical and recovery costs since the accidents. Lampkin says the companies' refusal to pay has caused him additional pain and suffering, financial stress and possible worsening of his physical condition.
Attorneys Lawrence Blake Jones, David C. Whitmore and Julie Sumrall are representing Lampkin.
Orleans Parish District Court Case No. 10-8781