Seaman sues Grandpa's Dream seeking $5 million after tripping and falling

Michelle Keahey Dec. 11, 2012, 9:55am

NEW ORLEANS - A deckhand has filed a lawsuit for $5 million claiming he tripped and fell while working aboard the vessel the Grandpa's Dream.

Michael Rosendale filed suit against Marvin Hickman d/b/a Grandpa's Dream on Nov. 29 in federal court in New Orleans.

Rosendale was employed as a deckhand when the alleged incident occurred on Sept. 23, 2012. While working aboard the F/V Grandpa's Dream in the Gulf of Mexico, Rosendale suffered disabling injuries when he tripped and fell on a line on the deck of the vessel.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to keep the deck in a reasonably safe condition, failing to keep the deck free and clear of unsecured lines, and for failing to warn Rosendale of the presence of unsecured lines on the deck of the vessel.

The plaintiff is seeking damages plus maintenance and cure, attorney's fees, court costs, and interest.

Rosendale is represented by George W. Byrne Jr., Evette E. Ungar and
Cheryl L. Wild of Ungar & Bryne in New Orleans.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02855

More News