Seaman sues employer after slamming hand in door

Michelle Keahey May 1, 2012, 8:37am

NEW ORLEANS - After slamming his hand in a door, a seaman has filed a lawsuit against his employer for failing to provide a reasonably safe doorway.

Isauro Pavon filed suit against F&S Marine on April 23 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on April 28, 2010 as Pavon was performing duties aboard the defendant's vessel. Pavon states he sustained a serious injury to his right hand when a heavy metal door on the vessel suddenly closed and slammed his right hand between the door and the door frame.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide Pavon a safe place to work, failing to provide Pavon with a doorway in a reasonably safe condition, and for providing a doorway with a door that would close suddenly and without warning, did not have a safe safety latch and was excessively heavy.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, maintenance and cure, attorney's fees, and court costs.

Pavon is represented by George W. Bryne Jr., Evette E. Ungar and Cheryl L. Wild of Ungar & Bryne in New Orleans and Cristian P. Silva of Cristian P. Silva Law Office in Harvey.

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

Case No. 2:12-cv-01031

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