Deckhand sues employer for $750K after being thrown to deck of vessel

Michelle Keahey Feb. 13, 2012, 7:22am

NEW ORLEANS - After being thrown to the deck of a vessel, a deckhand has filed a $750,000 lawsuit against his employer for allegedly operating the vessel at an unsafe speed.

Gregory Alexander filed suit against Earl Rougeau on Jan. 31 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Sept. 20, 2010 while Alexander was working as a deckhand aboard a vessel owned by the defendant.

Alexander states that he suffered a disabling injury to his right knee when he was thrown to the deck of the vessel.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide Alexander with 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 for operating the vessel at an unsafe speed for existing sea conditions.

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

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

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00324

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