Jones Act lawsuit filed over seaman's hand injuries

Michelle Massey Sep. 8, 2010, 6:16am


A seaman filed a lawsuit under the Jones Act after he sustained serious injuries to his hand while working on an offshore drilling unit.

Texas resident Zachary D. McCain filed suit against Spartan Offshore Drilling, Mariner Energy and BJ Services on Sept. 2 in federal court in New Orleans.

The accident occurred on May 11, 2010 as McCain was employed by the defendants on a mobile offshore drilling unit, the complaint says. McCain claims he sustained serious injuries to his right hand when a piece of equipment fell from the vessel's superstructure.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to properly inspect and maintain the vessel and its equipment, failing to operate the vessel and equipment in a safe and reasonable manner, failing to properly supervise and train their employees and crew, operating a vessel with inadequate crew and violating applicable rules and regulations.
Further, the defendants are accused of failing to provide prompt and adequate medical treatment.

McCain is seeking damages for maintenance and cure, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, disability, physical impairment, disfigurement, embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional distress, decreased capacity for enjoyment of life, court costs and interest.

He is represented by Carisa German-Oden, Joseph M. Miller and Benjamin B. Saunders of Davis Saunders in Mandeville.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv02918

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