The Louisiana Record May 9, 2016, 1:06pm


NEW ORLEANS — A St. John the Baptist Parish longshoreman is suing an Arabi vessel owner, alleging negligence led to him suffering injuries aboard a ship.

Shawn Moton filed a lawsuit April 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Port Ship Service Inc. of Arabi, alleging negligence in that the vessel owner failed to provide a safe place to work and insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 28, 2015, Moton was working for Degesch America on the Mississippi River. The suit says the plaintiff was taking chemicals and fans onto the defendant's vessel, M/V Miss Ryan, when he stepped on the bow of the vessel, slipped and fell.

The complaint says Moton suffered injuries to the left side of his neck, right shoulder, lower back and body. The plaintiff alleges Port Ship Service failed to promulgate and enforce proper rules and regulations for the safety of those working aboard its vessel, failed to provide Moton safe materials in the performance of his work and failed to provide adequate aid, assistance and treatment.

Moton seeks a trial by jury, judgment of $1 million plus interest, all legal costs and any general and equitable relief. He is represented by attorney John F. McKay of the McKay Law Firm in Baton Rouge.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-03516

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