Seaman sues for $1.8 million after falling out of personnel basket

Michelle Keahey Jul. 13, 2012, 2:00am

NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana seaman has filed a lawsuit against his employer after the employer's personnel basket was jerked from underneath him and he fell, sustaining injuries to his back and left leg.

Christopher Alexander filed suit against Apache Offshore Petroleum Limited Partnership on June 22 in federal court in New Orleans.
The alleged incident occurred on Jan. 15, as Alexander entangled his leg in the basket and fell onto the deck of the vessel.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide Alexander with a safe place to work and with an adequately trained crane operator, and for failing to provide a safe place to work.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of more than $1.8 million in damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional stress and strain, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life and interest.

Alexander is represented by New Orleans attorney Darleen M. Jacobs. A
jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey is assigned the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-01618

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