Seaman sues for $750,000 after injuring knee

Michelle Keahey Sep. 12, 2011, 3:40am

A seaman is suing his employer for more than $750,000 after he claims to have suffered a knee injury when he fell to the deck of a vessel.

Gregory Alexander filed suit against Environmental Safety & Health Consulting Services Inc. on Sept. 8 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Sept. 10, 2010 as Alexander was employed as a deckhand and was working aboard a vessel for the defendant. Alexander states that due to the unsafe speed of the vessel he was thrown to the deck and sustained a disabling injury to his right knee.

The defendant is accused of failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to operate the vessel in a reasonably safe manner, failing to keep Alexander from being thrown to the deck of the vessel and operating the vessel at an unsafe speed for the existing sea conditions.

The plaintiff is seeking more than $750,000 in damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, interest and court costs.

Alexander is represented by Evette E. Ungar, George W. Bryne, Jr. and Cheryl L. Wild of Ungar & Bryne in New Orleans and Michael Hingle of Michael Hingle & Associates in Slidell.

Case No. 2:11-cv-02258

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