LAFAYETTE — An Evangeline Parish resident is suing crew supply vessel operators, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Chad Menier filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against Seatran Marine LLC, Texas Crewboats Inc. and M/V Sea Angel, alleging that they violated the provisions of the General Maritime Law.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 8, 2015, he was employed by Baker Hughes to work on the Ensco 87 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico for Castex Energy. He was being transported by the Sea Angel when he stepped off the gangway, tripped and fell, landing on the deck boards, which caused him to sustain disabling injuries. He will no longer be able to perform his chosen occupation and will continue to suffer loss of income and benefits. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to provide a seaworthy vessel and failed to provide adequate lighting on the gangway.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants for all recoverable damages, plus interest, costs of this proceedings and for all other equitable relief. He is represented by Craig A. Davis of Craig A. Davis APLC in Lafayette.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Case number 6:16-cv-01330

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