NEW ORLEANS – A crew member alleges he was injured on two separate occasions while working for a Houma company.

Keon Thomas filed a complaint on Oct. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Baywater Drilling LLC alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in August 2015, he was employed as member of the crew onboard defendant's Inland Barge Timbalier. While he was working, the suit states a counterweight to an air hoist swung across the rig and hit him at the back. He also alleges he was injured on Jan. 11 when pulling slips on a different location. He alleges he sustained injuries to his body that resulted in pain and suffering, mental anguish and medical-related expenses.

The plaintiff holds Baywater Drilling LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide a safe place to work, failed to properly train and supervise its crew members and failed to provide maintenance and cure benefits.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the court, plus interest, cost of this suit and all other relief he may be entitled. He is represented by Steve Gordon of Gordon, Elias & Seely LLP in Houston, Texas.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-15747

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