NEW ORLEANS – A galley-hand alleges he was injured while working because of poor lighting in an overstocked freezer.

Troy Smith filed a complaint on April 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Ensco Offshore Co. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in May 18, 2015, he was a working aboard defendant's Ensco DS9 and was retrieving goods from the freezer when a co-employee closed the freezer door, leaving him inside in complete darkness because the lights in the freezer were not working. The suit states that as he was attempting to exit the freezer, plaintiff tripped over the goods and injured his back and other parts of the body. He alleges he suffered pain and suffering, mental anguish lost wages and incurred medical expenses. 

The plaintiff holds Ensco Offshore Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate lighting inside the freezer and failing to property store goods in the freezer.

The plaintiff seeks all damages, plus interest, costs of these proceedings and all other relief allowed by law. He is represented by Dominick F. Impastato III of Frischhertz, Poulliard, Frischhertz & Impastato LLC in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-03520

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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
500 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Frischhertz, Poulliard, Frischhertz & Impastato LLC
1130 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

Ensco Offshore Company
620 Moulin Road
Broussard, LA 70518

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