ALEXANDRIA – A Grant Parish man employed as an electric supervisor alleges he was injured on the job due to defective flooring.
Patrick Roberts filed a complaint on June 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Alexandria Division against Vantage Deepwater Drilling Inc. alleging that the employer failed to maintain a seaworthy vessel.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 12, 2015, he was assigned as seaman crew member of the vessel Titanium Explorer. The suit states that while working, he tripped and fell on a defective tile within the flooring of a room, causing him injuries to his shoulder, chest, cervical spine and other parts of the body. He alleges the incident resulted in physical pain and suffering, anxiety and emotional stress, loss of wages and earning capacity and medical expenses.
The plaintiff holds Vantage Deepwater Drilling Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed maintain the vessel in seaworthy condition, failed to take necessary precautions to protect its crew members, and failed to warn of the inherent defects in the vessel's flooring.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for damages in the amount of $2 million, with legal interest and all costs for these proceedings. He is represented by Eugene E. Ledet Jr., Brian M. Caubarreaux, Emily G. Meche and Brock H. Dike of Brian Caubarreaux & Associates in Alexandria.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Alexandria Division Case number 1:16-cv-00849