Seaman sues employer for not providing proper supervision

Michelle Massey Mar. 18, 2011, 4:00am


A seaman is suing his employer for not providing proper supervision, which caused him to become injured while working on a barge.

Andrew McCord filed suit against Fab-Con Inc. and C&M Contractors Inc. d/b/a C&M Boat Rentals on March 4 in federal court in New Orleans.

The accident occurred on Dec. 28, 2009 as McCord was employed by Fab-Con Inc. as a Jones Act seaman aboard the M/V Mr. Dean, which was owned by C&M.

The defendant is accused of breaching its duty to the plaintiff, failing to provide a reasonably safe place to work, failing to properly train and supervise McCord, failing to take any means or precautions for the safety of defendant's employees, creation and maintenance of an unseaworthy vessel and barge, failing to provide minimum safety requirements and failing to provide adequate equipment and personnel.

McCord is seeking an award of damages for physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, loss of wages, loss of wage earning capacity, physical disability, medical expenses, interest, court costs, expert fees, maintenance and cure benefits, attorney's fees and punitive damages.

McCord is represented by Timothy J. Young, Robert J. Young, Jr. and Jason MacFetters of The Young Firm in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 2:11-cv-00522

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