Seaman sues for $1 million after captain fails to line up tow

Michelle Massey Apr. 12, 2011, 2:30pm


A seaman is suing his employer for more than $1 million after the captain of his vessel allegedly failed to properly line up a tow and as a result, the seaman was injured.

Roger Mallicoat filed suit against Archer Daniels-Midland Co. and American River Transportation Co. on April 5 in federal court in New Orleans.

Mallicoat was working as a deckineer on the M/V Ardyce Randall when the incident occurred on Nov. 26, 2010.

According to the complaint, the captain of the vessel was attempting to make a lock and failed to maneuver the tow in a proper manner. Mallicoat states his shoulders were injured when the lock line popped out of his hand.

The plaintiff is seeking more than $1.15 million in damages for maintenance and cure benefits, physical scarring, loss of wage earning capacity, physical and mental pain and suffering, court costs and interest.

Mallicoat is represented by Paul M. Sterbcow of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson in
New Orleans and Matthew D. Shaffer of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris in Houston.

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

Case No. 2:11-cv-00722

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