Michael Abella Sep. 2, 2016, 11:33am


NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana man is suing a ship owner and pipeline operator, both of Terrebonne Parish, alleging their negligence caused the plaintiff to be injured in a fire. 

Adam Zima filed a lawsuit Aug. 18 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against C-Dive LLC and Gulf South Pipeline Company LP, alleging negligence in failing to provide a safe place to work.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 26, 2015, Zima was in his bunk on the M/V MS Keri, when an explosion created a 15-to 20-foot wave that crashed upon the back deck of the vessel, followed by a fireball. The suit says as Zima was running with a ladder to rescue crew members, the ladder jarred causing him to fall to the ground and sustain injuries to his back, necessitating medical treatment. 

The lawsuit states his injuries resulted in loss of work and future medical expenses. The plaintiff alleges the defendants allegedly failed to provide adequate crew, failed to properly train its crew, failed to provide adequate and safe equipment and failed to provide adequate warning.

The plaintiff seeks a trial by jury, compensation for all damages, plus interest, costs of court, and all relief the court deems necessary. He is represented by attorneys Derrick G. Earles, David C. Laborde, Jeanne M. Laborde and Andrew B. Mims of Laborde Earles Law Firm in Lafayette.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-13951

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