NEW ORLEANS – A floor hand and crew member of The Porpoise is seeking damages from his employer after an alleged accident.
Alan Hawthorne filed a lawsuit on Feb. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Moncla Marine LLC for alleged negligence and failure to provide a safe work place pursuant to the Jones Act and General Maritime Laws.
Hawthorne alleges that he was employed by defendant as a floor hand and crew member of RIG 18 “The Porpoise” during the time of the accident. On or about June, 21, 2013, while in the course of his duties to defendant, Hawthorne allegedly sustained severe and permanent injuries to his body. Hawthorne alleges that the direct cause of this accident and his injury was due to the negligence of defendants, its employees, officers, and crew in failing to maintain, supervise, and control the drilling operations being conducted at the time.
As a result, Hawthorne attests to have suffered severe and permanent injury to his arm, elbow, neck, and back as well as mental and emotional pain. He also claims to have incurred loss of wages, loss the capacity to earn a living, and will suffer past and future medical expenses. Hawthorne also claims that the defendant has failed to provide him with his entitled maintenance and cure at a rate of $50 a day.
He is now suing for damages together with interest, the cost of the suit including attorney's fees, and for any and all equitable and general relief. He is represented by John G. Munoz from Garner & Munoz.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-CV-01304-EEF-DEK