Sleeping seaman wants $5 million after vessel collision

Michelle Keahey Jul. 31, 2012, 2:15am

NEW ORLEANS - A seaman has filed a lawsuit seeking $5 million over injuries he claims he received when the vessel he was aboard struck another vessel.

Clyde Morris Fricke filed suit against John W. Stone Oil Distributor on July 5 in federal court in New Orleans.

The vessel collision occurred on Jan. 14 as Fricke was in his bunk sleeping. Fricke claims he injured his head, shoulder and back and has been suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome since the incident.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to furnish Fricke a safe place to work and in the improper operation of the M/V Stephanie Stone.

The plaintiff is asking for more than $5 million in compensatory damages for mental and physical pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, interest, maintenance and cure, punitive damages, and attorney's fees.

Fricke is represented by Thomas M. Discon of Discon Law Firm in Mandeville.

U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-01753

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