Seaman claims groin injury in suit

Michelle Keahey Jul. 15, 2011, 3:25am


A Louisiana company is facing accusations that it failed to properly train and supervise its employees after an employee allegedly suffered an injury to his groin.

Shane Bledsoe filed suit against C&E Boat Rentals on July 12 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on March 31, 2010 when Shane Bledsoe was involved in an accident that resulted in "serious painful injuries to his groin area." Bledsoe was employed by the defendant as a Jones Act seaman aboard the M/V Elie A. McRae at the time.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide a reasonably safe place to work, failing to properly train and supervise Bledsoe, failing to take any means or precautions for the safety of the employees, creating and maintaining an unseaworthy vessel, failing, failing to provide minimum safety requirements and failing to provide adequate equipment and personnel for the job in question.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, loss of wages, fringe benefits, loss of wage earning capacity, physical disability, medical expenses, maintenance and cure benefits, attorney's fees, punitive damages and interest.

Bledsoe is represented by Timothy J. Young, Jason MacFetters and Rebecca A. Coman of
The Young Firm in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 2:11-cv-01634

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