Seaman seeks $1.1M claiming employer failed to pay medical bills

Michelle Massey Mar. 14, 2011, 3:27am


A seaman is suing his employer after he learned the company was not paying his medical co-payments following an on the job injury.

Scott Miller filed suit against Adriatic Marine on March 1 in federal court in New Orleans.

The accident occurred on Dec. 22, 2008 as Miller was attempting to perform assigned duties during a cargo transfer from a stationary platform on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Miller states he suffered severe and permanently disabling injuries to his spine due to the unseaworthiness of the M/V Adriatic.

The defendant is accused of failing to pay for Miller's medical co-payments and deductibles, jeopardizing Miller's credit and causing him to suffer financial problems and mental anguish.

The plaintiff is asking for $1.1 million in damages for medical expenses, mental anguish, financial difficulty, economic loss, loss of wage earning capacity, mental and emotional suffering, disfigurement, court costs and interest.

Miller is represented by Ian F. Taylor and Harvey J. Lewis of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court Judge Sarah S. Vance is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00486

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