LAFAYETTE — A Louisiana man is suing a Baton Rouge vessel owner, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.
Larry Erwin Jr. filed a lawsuit June 10 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Lafayette Division against Anadarko Petroleum of Baton Rouge, alleging the vessel owner violated one or more applicable rules and regulations.
According to the complaint, on Sept. 9, 2014, Erwin, who worked as a seaman and longshoreman, was about to retrieve tools from the McDermott's subdeck area, which was poorly illuminated. The suit says the plaintiff was caught up in the piping and wrenched his knee, causing him injuries that resulted in physical and mental pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, lost wages and benefits, plus medical expenses.
The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to provide a safe place to work, placed him in a situation that it knew or should have known to be dangerous and failed to properly examine and ensure the area did not contain unseaworthy conditions.
Erwin seeks a trial by jury, judgment against the defendant, plus legal interest, attorney fees, penalties, costs and expenses and all other relief that is equitable. He is represented by attorney Craig A. Davis of Lafayette.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Lafayette Division Case number 6:16-cv-00820