Rigger sues over liftboat accident

Michelle Massey Feb. 15, 2011, 12:37am

A liftboat rigger has filed a Jones Act lawsuit against his employer in order to recover damages for humiliation and physical injuries he claims to have suffered in an accident.

Arthur Ingram, III filed suit against Express Energy Services Operating on Jan. 14 in federal court in New Orleans.

Ingram was working aboard the liftboat M/V Petite when the incident occurred on Aug. 20, 2010. According to the complaint, Ingram suffered serious, permanent and disabling injuries in the accident, which was not described. Ingram claims the injuries occurred because of the defendant's negligence and due to the unseaworthy condition of the liftboat, gear, appurtenances and crew.

Ingram is seeking damages for medical treatment, humiliation, mental discomfort, embarrassment, inconvenience, loss of function, loss of enjoyment of life, depression, disability, loss of wages, interest, maintenance, cure, punitive damages, costs and attorney fees.

Ingram is represented by David A. Hilleren of Hilleren & Hilleren in Evergreen.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00082

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