St. Landry Parish man sues after suffering burn injuries when vessel sinks

Michelle Keahey Feb. 21, 2012, 2:17am

NEW ORLEANS - A St. Landry Parish seaman has filed a Jones Act lawsuit that claims he suffered burn injuries when the vessel he was working aboard started to sink.

Marc Mayer filed suit against TK Towing Inc., TK Marine Services, Phoenix Exploration Co., CCS Energy Services and CCS 7525 on Feb. 6 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, Mayer was a crewmember aboard the M/V CCS Leader I on Aug. 11, 2010 when the alleged incident occurred.

Mayer states he was performing his duties as a seaman when suddenly and without warning the vessel began to sink. He sustained burn injuries in the incident, he claims.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to warn Mayer of the dangerous and unsafe conditions of the vessel, failing to exercise care in discovering and correcting any and all unsafe conditions, creation and maintenance of an unseaworthy vessel, failing to properly maintain the vessel, and failing to provide Mayer with the proper equipment or personnel to accomplish his job in a reasonably safe manner.

The defendants are also accused of failing to provide competent and adequate supervisory authority, hiring untrained and unskilled employees, retaining employees found to be careless or unskilled, and for failing to properly man the vessel.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for medical expenses, pain, mental anguish, disability, attorney's fees, court costs, maintenance and cure, punitive damages, and interest
Mayer is represented by David C. Whitmore and Lawrence Blake Jones of Scheuermann & Jones in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00362

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