NEW ORLEANS — A maritime engineer is suing a Louisiana vessel owner, alleging its negligence led to the plaintiff suffering injuries. 

Clayton Gates filed a lawsuit Nov. 4 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Parker Towing Company, Inc. alleging failure to to comply with the Jones Act and General Maritime Law.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 19, 2014, Gates injured his back, neck and hip due to the fault of the defendant and the crew of the M/V Heloise. Due to his injuries, the suit says, he has sustained pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of income and benefits and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges Parker Towing failed to provide adequate manpower, and equipment, failed to provide a crew that was reasonably fit to perform the work and failed to provide maintenance and cure benefits.

Gates seeks trial by jury, judgment for all damages, plus interest, all court costs and all general and equitable relief. He is represented by attorney Stephen J. Johnson of Houma.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-16115

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