Seaman sues employer over ladder injury

Michelle Keahey Jul. 26, 2011, 9:17am


A Jefferson Parish seaman has filed a lawsuit against his employer after he hit his head while climbing up a ladder.

Claiming he should have been warned that the ladder enclosure was bent, Kenyachta Shears filed suit against Murmansk Shipping Co., M/V Aleksandr Suvorov, The West of England Shipowners Mutual Insurance Association (Luxembourg) and ACF Shipping & Trading Inc. on July 22 in federal court in New Orleans.

Shears states he was injured on July 20, 2010, as he was working as a foreman and supervisor onboard the M/V Aleksandr Suvorov, which was docked in Louisiana.

Shears claims that the caved in and bent ladder enclosure created a dangerous condition and the defendants should have known of the dangerous condition and remedied it or warned him about the condition.

The defendants are accused of failing to maintain the vessel and its equipment and for failing to warn Shears about the hidden dangers.

Shears is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain, suffering and anguish, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement and disability, loss of enjoyment of life, punitive damages, interest, attorney's fees and court costs.

He is represented by Scott R. Bickford and Neil F. Nazareth of Martzell & Bickford in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01782

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