Dan Harkins Jul. 14, 2015, 12:40pm


A seaman is suing his drilling operation for an injury he says he sustained aboard the allegedly unseaworthy vessel.

Jason Short filed a lawsuit July 10 in U.S. District Court in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana against Maersk Drilling USA Inc. and Maersk Developer, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on June 17, 2014, Short was working as a Jones Act seaman about the Maersk Developer, and, due to the unseaworthiness of the vessel, Short fell and injured his left hip and other parts of his body.

The lawsuit says the defendant was negligent for breaching its duty of reasonable care, operating an unseaworthy vessel and failing to provide a safe workplace, properly train and supervise Short, take precautions for employee safety, provide minimum safety requirements, and provide adequate equipment and personnel for the job.

As a result, the suit alleges the plaintiff sustained not only injuries, but also pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, disability and medical expenses.

Short seeks past and future pay and benefits, punitive damages, a compensatory award, attorney fees and court costs. He is represented by attorneys Timothy J. Young, Tammy D. Harris, Megan C. Misko and Daniel J. Poolson Jr. of The Young Firm in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-02525-JCZ-JCW.

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