Commercial diver sues over ankle surgery

Michelle Massey Sep. 27, 2010, 1:46am


A commercial diver is accusing his employer of picking a bad physician for treating his ankle injury and has filed suit against the company.

Tennessee resident David Hughes filed suit against Global Industries Offshore on Sept. 16 in federal court in New Orleans.

The incident occurred on June 9, as Hughes was attempting to transit a passageway aboard the defendant's vessel. Hughes states he severely broke his ankle. He received emergency medical treatment aboard the vessel and was transported to Lafayette General Hospital where a physician chosen by Global Industries performed a procedure on Hughes' ankle. After Hughes returned to his home, a second surgery was required to correct the first procedure, the suit claims.

The defendant is accused of negligently maintaining its vessel Pioneer and negligently providing supervision, planning and direction of the work of the crew and in the selection of Hughes' treating physician.

Hughes states he is now suffering from severe emotional trauma and distress, loss of future life pleasures, disfigurement and permanent impairment.

He is seeking damages for loss of wages, fringe benefits, earning capacity, medical expenses and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Bobby Delise and Alton Hall Jr. of Delise & Hall in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 2:10cv03141

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