NEW ORLEANS – A Mississippi couple are suing a Eunice crane barge operator alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent the husband's injuries.

Maxwell and Betty Billiot filed a complaint on Sept. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Sunland Construction Inc. alleging that the crane barge operator failed to provide a safe place to work.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that in November 2015 and on July 18, Maxwell Billiot was injured while working for the defendant. The plaintiffs allege that Maxwell Billiot is currently unable to work because of his injuries and that the defendant has terminated his health insurance and has refused to pay maintenance and cure.

The plaintiffs hold Sunland Construction Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide a seaworthy vessel, failed to properly train and supervise its crew and denied any responsibility for plaintiff Maxwell Billiot's continued medical care and/or any benefits.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensation for all of their damages that are reasonable in the premises, plus interest, award for all costs of these proceedings and for all equitable relief to which they are entitled. They are represented by George J. Nalley Jr. and Andrew J. Miner of Nalley and Dew in Metairie.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-14947

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