Former deckhand files Jones Act claim after Hurricane Isaac related ship collision
NEW ORLEANS – A Jefferson parish man is suing his former employer for injuries he claims to have received in a ship collision during Hurricane Isaac.
Michael Cascio filed suit against Crescent Towing & Salvage Co., Inc. in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Sept. 19. Cascio claims he was working during Hurricane Isaac aboard a ship owned and operated by Crescent Towing & Salvage. The plaintiff claims due to the unseaworthiness of the ship he crashed into a Navy vessel and he was injured after he was thrown about the deck. Cascio asserts he received serious injuries to his back in the incident that may necessitate surgery.
The defendant is accused of failing to maintain proper control over the ship.
An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, medical expenses, permanent disability, disfigurement, lost wages, employment benefits, loss of earning capacity and loss of enjoyment of life along with punitive damages and attorney's fees.
Cascio is represented by Rhett E. King of New Orleans-based Strauss & King, APLC.
The case has been assigned to Division G Judge Robin M. Giarrusso.
Case no. 2012-08921.