NEW ORLEANS – A Sabine Parish seaman alleges his cardiac condition worsened because of a delay in receiving medical treatment.

Kerry Jones filed a complaint on March 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Diamond Offshore Co., Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc., Diamond Offshore Drilling LTD alleging a failure to provide a safe place to work.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in March 5, 2016, he was working aboard defendants' Ocean Black Lion vessel when he began experiencing chest discomfort/indigestion. He alleges that due to the delay in transporting him to a hospital, he sustained injuries and damages including the worsening of his cardiac condition. The plaintiff holds Diamond Offshore Co., Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc., Diamond Offshore Drilling LTD, et al responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to properly assess his physical condition and failed to provide timely medical care.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, maintenance, cure, penalties, attorneys’ fees and punitive damages and any other equitable relief. He is represented by Barton W. Bernard of Barton W. Bernard Law Firm in Lafayette.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-01976

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