NEW ORLEANS — A deckhand is suing a marine towing company, alleging its failure to provide a safe place to work led to the plaintiff suffering injuries.
James Perryman filed a lawsuit April 27 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Self Towing Co. Inc., alleging breach of duty.
According to the complaint, on July 27, 2015, while Perryman was working aboard the M/V Bill Jr. on the Mississippi River, he was hauling heavy rigging equipment from an unloaded barge down to a loaded barge. The suit says as he stepped down his left knee was injured, leading to to severe and disabling physical and mental injuries.
The plaintiff alleges Self Towing failed to provide proper and necessary equipment to safely perform his work, failed to properly train and supervise Perryman and failed to provide sufficient assistance or adequate manpower for the plaintiff to safely perform the job.
Perryman seeks a trial by jury, judgment of $700,000, plus interest, all legal costs and all other general maritime relief. He is represented by attorneys Berney L. Strauss and Rhett E. King of Strauss & King APLC in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-03764