NEW ORLEANS – A
Jefferson Parish man has filed suit for $1.5 million in damages over
claims an East Baton Rouge Parish corporation's negligence caused him
Michael T. Velasquez Jr. filed a complaint on Feb. 2 in
the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against
Crescent Towing & Salvage Co. Inc. alleging negligence.
to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 14, 2016, he was
working aboard defendant's vessel, the Angus R. Cooper. As he was
traversing the stairs in the engine room, the suit states he slipped on
the stairs and fell several feet. He alleges he sustained serious
injuries resulting in physical and mental pain, loss wages and medical
related expenses. The plaintiff holds Crescent Towing & Salvage Co.
Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to install
non-skid surface on the engine room stairs and failed to warn plaintiff
of the hazardous condition.
The plaintiff requests a trial by
jury and seeks monetary relief of $1.5 million, plus interest and costs
of these proceedings. He is represented by William R. Mustian III of
Stanga & Mustian PLC in Metairie.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-00954