Robbie Hargett Oct. 6, 2015, 2:10pm


A seaman is suing an offshore drilling company, alleging negligence in injuries he sustained aboard one of its vessels.

Charles Dale Strickland filed a complaint Sept. 28 in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana against Rowan Companies Inc., alleging negligence and un-seaworthiness.

According to the complaint, on July 17, 2014, while employed by Rowan Companies as a floor hand aboard the Modu Rowan Louisiana, a jack-up style drilling rig, in navigable waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Strickland sustained injuries to his cervical spine, resulting in cervical spine fusion surgery.

The suit says Rowan was negligent in failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to give proper and appropriate warnings, failing to adequately plan the operation going on at the time of the incident and other negligent acts or omissions.

Strickland seeks maintenance and cure benefits, $3 million in monetary damages, interest and costs of the suit. He is represented by attorneys Berney L. Strauss, Rhett E. King, Sarah A. Lowman and Clinton G. Mead of Strauss & King in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-04816-JTM-SS.

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