Seaman sues for $5 million after falling down ship's ladder

Michelle Keahey Dec. 27, 2011, 2:32am

After falling down a ship's ladder and sustaining an injury to her face, a seaman has filed a $5 million lawsuit against her employer.

Audrey Brown filed suit against Maersk Line Limited on Dec. 19 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Jan. 1, 2010 while Brown was employed as a seaman aboard the M/V Maersk Texas. Brown allegedly sustained a degloving laceration injury to her face, permanent nerve damage and mental injury.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to furnish a safe place to work and for the unseaworthiness of the M/V Maersk Texas.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for disabling injury, mental and physical pain and suffering, post-traumatic stress syndrome, lost wages, medical expenses, punitive damages, maintenance and cure, interest, court costs and attorney's fees.

Brown is represented by Thomas M. Discon in Discon Law Firm in Mandeville.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-03104

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