Ohio deckhand files Jones Act lawsuit after rotator cuff injury

Michelle Keahey Nov. 1, 2011, 10:52am


An Ohio resident has filed a Jones Act lawsuit after he fell down a flight of stairs and injured his rotator cuff aboard the vessel M/V Frank Haendiges.

Mikey William Dotson filed suit against American Commercial Lines on Oct. 20 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on June 29, 2010 as Mikey Dotson was working as a lead deckhand and crew member. When he was leaving, he fell down a flight of stairs and injured his rotator cuff, which later required surgery, the suit claims.

The stairs in question had been stripped of skid protection and were awaiting repair, Dotson claims.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to properly equip, maintain and operate the vessel under its control, failing to properly and reasonably select and implement an overall plan to complete the tasks at hand in a safe and non-hazardous manner, failing to provide a safe and non-hazardous workplace, and failing to provide proper and sufficient tools and manpower to complete the tasks at hand.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for loss of earning capacity, physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses, maintenance, cure, interest and court costs.

Dotson is represented by Alton J. Hall, Jr. and Bobby J. Delise of Delise & Hall in Covington and Bill Abbott of Ogletree Abbott Law Firm in Houston. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-02641

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