Seaman cites General Maritime Law as grounds for Jones Act suit against former employer

Tia Benton Nov. 26, 2012, 5:36am

Tammy Harris

NEW ORLEANS - A former seaman aboard the M/V Safety Runner is suing his past employer for alleged damages incurred following injuries he sustained while assigned to the M/V Safety Runner.

Aaron Peters filed a lawsuit against AEP River Operations, LLC in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on Aug. 23. Peters claims that the alleged negligence of the defendants was the sole and proximate cause of the accident that caused injuries to his back and other parts of his body.

The defendant is accused of breach of legally imposed duty of reasonable care, failure to provide safe work environment, creation and maintenance of an unseaworthy vessel and barge and failure to provide adequate equipment for the job duties.

Peters is seeking past, present and future maintenance and cure benefits, attorney's fees and compensation for loss of wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

The plaintiff is represented by Tammy D. Harris of The Young Firm.

Division H Judge Michael G. Bagneris will preside over this case.

Case no. 2012-08257.

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