Carol Ostrow Jul. 30, 2015, 1:44pm


A maritime worker is suing her employer alleging negligence in regard to an unspecified 2015 workplace injury.

Jessica Smith sued Weeks Marine Inc. in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana on July 23 alleging negligence in regard to a June 2015 incident for which the plaintiff required medical attention.

According to the complaint, Smith was employed as a Jones Act Seaman by Weeks aboard the marine vessel CR McCaskill in navigable waters off the coast of Louisiana.

The suit states that Smith sustained general body and back injuries on or about June 25. According to the suit, the defendant was in breach of its duty of reasonable care to provide a safe work environment, train and supervise the plaintiff, implement minimum safety requirements, and provide adequate equipment and personnel.

The plaintiff alleges pain, suffering, loss of wages, benefits and earning capacity, disability and medical expenses. She also charges the defendant with negligence and inappropriate behavior because a fellow employee allegedly twice asked her to accompany him into his living quarters en route to receiving medical assistance.

Smith claims that she remains unfit for duty. Requesting special, general and punitive damages, maintenance and cure, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney’s and experts’ fees, expenses, and court costs, she is represented by Timothy Young, Tammy Harris, Megan Misko and Daniel Poolson of The Young Firm in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana Case 2:15-cv-02887-NJB-KWR.

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