Seaman files lawsuit after suffering shoulder injury while swinging

Michelle Keahey Jan. 30, 2012, 3:12am


NEW ORLEANS - A seaman has filed a lawsuit against his employer after he injured his shoulder while swinging from a swing rope from a platform.

David Thomas filed suit against Oceaneering International Inc. on Jan. 20 in federal court in New Orleans.

Thomas was employed by the defendant as a seaman and crewmember of the DSV Ocean Project, which was conducting commercial diving operations in the Gulf of Mexico. He claims he injured his shoulder on Oct. 27, 2011 while swinging from a rope from a platform onto the DSV Ocean Project.

The defendant is accused of negligence for not furnishing a safe place to work with safe gear, appurtenances, equipment and a properly manned vessel.

The plaintiff is asking the Court for an award of damages for loss of wages, found, fringe benefits, and earning capacity, medical expenses, maintenance and cure benefits, attorney's fees and court costs.

Thomas is represented by Bobby J. Delise and Alton J. Hall, Jr. of Delise & Hall in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 2:12-cv-00180

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