Seaman files lawsuit claiming cluttered deck resulted in physical injuries

Michelle Keahey Feb. 25, 2012, 1:34am


NEW ORLEANS - Claiming he suffered injuries due to a cluttered deck on the vessel, a seaman has filed a lawsuit against his employer for negligence.

Ronnie Delaune filed suit against B & R Marine on Feb. 17 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Sept. 2, 2011 while Delaune was employed by B & R Marine as a seaman aboard the M/V Carissa Breigh. According to the lawsuit, Delaune was injured after he attempted to toss a line around pilings and the line got caught on a piece of equipment.

Delaune states his injuries are due to the clutter of equipment in the back of the vessel and due to the captain's negligence in ordering him to attempt to tie up the vessel in poor weather conditions.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical and mental pain and suffering, bodily disability, loss of use and loss of function of parts of body, psychological impairment, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, lost wages, disability, destruction of earning capacity, disability from recreation, maintenance and cure, court costs, and interest.

Delaune is represented by Rodney Kelp Littlefield of Martine E. Regan, Jr. & Associates in New Orleans.

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

Case No. 2:12-cv-00452

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