Seaman claims toxic exposure after vessel gets stuck to platform

Michelle Massey Nov. 29, 2010, 5:45am


A Jefferson Parish seaman has filed a lawsuit against BP claiming he was exposed to harmful substances after his vessel became stuck to a platform.

Chad Gros filed suit against Ashland Services, ES&H Inc., BP Exploration & Production Inc., BP America Production Co. and BP Corporation North America Inc. on Nov. 16 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, the accident occurred on July 27 as Gros was employed as a seaman aboard the M/V Mes William Alexander.The defendants are accused of failing to provide Gros a safe place to work, failing to warn Gros, failing to warn of the dangerous and unsafe conditions of the vessel, failing to exercise care in discovering and correcting any and all unsafe conditions, creating and maintain an unsafe vessel, failing to properly maintain the vessel and failing to provide proper equipment or personnel to accomplish the job.

Gros is seeking damages for maintenance and cure, medical expenses, mental anguish, attorney's fees, interest, court costs and punitive damages.

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

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10-cv-04340

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