NEW ORLEANS – A Jones Act seaman alleges he was injured by exposure to a gas while working.

Gerald Wiltz filed a complaint on May 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against M-I LLC, Rowan Cos. Inc., Cobalt International Energy LP and Halliburton Energy Services Inc. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 7, 2016, he was employed by defendant M-I working aboard defendant Rowan Cos.' M/V Deepwater Reliance when he experienced hydrogen sulfide exposure, which resulted in serious painful injuries to his body. The plaintiff alleges he suffered physical, mental and emotional pain, loss of wages and fringe benefits and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff holds M-1 LLC, Rowan Cos. Inc., Cobalt International Energy LP and Halliburton Energy Services Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to take any means or precautions for the safety of plaintiff, failed to properly train and supervise plaintiff and failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants for all damages to which he is entitled to recover, plus legal interest, maintenance and cure benefits and all other general and equitable relief. He is represented by Timothy J. Young, Tammy D. Harris and Megan C. Misko of The Young Firm in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-04943

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