Deckhand sues claiming lifting heavy wire caused disabling back injury

Michelle Keahey Sep. 14, 2012, 3:41am


NEW ORLEANS - A deckhand has filed a lawsuit against his employer that claims he suffered permanent injuries to his back when he lifted heavy wire from the river.

Charles Jackson filed suit against Kathryn Rae Towing Inc. on Aug. 22 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Jan. 16 as Jackson was aboard the offshore tug M/V Sandy B and was ordered to lift heavy wire from the river. Jackson states that lifting the wire caused "severe, debilitating, disfiguring, and permanent" injuries to his back.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide competent supervision, failing to have a competent crew, and for failing to have proper equipment to perform the task.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain, mental pain and suffering, loss of earnings, medical expenses, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, punitive damages, disability, maintenance, cure, interest, and court costs.

Jackson is represented by New Orleans attorney Stephen P. Bruno.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02154

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