Michelle Keahey Jan. 14, 2013, 11:19am

NEW ORLEANS - After a generator fell and crushed his hand, a seaman has filed a Jones Act lawsuit against his employer claiming that negligence caused the accident.

Juan J. Stiaes filed suit against Georxt Inc. on Dec. 20 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred while Stiaes was working for the defendant as a mechanic on July 7, 2012. One of Stiaes’ superior officers was moving a buoy with a crane using a generator, with the generator suspended approximately five feet above the deck of the vessel, when the generator fell on Stiaes’ right hand and crushed it, the suit claims.

The defendant is accused of negligence and for the alleged unseaworthiness of the vessel.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for physical pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, medical expenses, disability, loss of earnings, extreme nervousness, depression, anxiety, interest, and court costs.

Stiaes is represented by Irving J. Warshauer and Stevan C. Dittman of Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-03013

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