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Seaman cites commercial diving outfit in workplace accident

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 2, 2015

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A seaman has sued his employer over an April maritime accident.

Dylan Whittington filed a lawsuit May 29 against Cross Diving Services in U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana, alleging negligence in an accident off the coast of Louisiana.

According to the complaint, on April 1, Whttington suffered a severe orthopedic injury while assisting in dismantling commercial diving gear while aboard the defendant’s vessel. The suit says Whittington suffered physical trauma, psychological damage, emotional distress, loss of pleasure in life, plus permanent impairment and scarring.

The grievance cites Cross Diving with negligence in: failing to properly maintain, equip and operate the vessel; use proper work procedures; provide a safe workplace with adequate personnel, training and instruction; and offer appropriate medical care and treatment following the plaintiff’s injury.

The complaint states Whittington has sustained a disability and expects future pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits and diminished earning capacity.

Whittington seeks judgment in his favor, damages, attorney fees, expenses and court costs. He is represented by attorneys Bobby Delise and Alton J. Hall Jr. of Delise & Hall in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana case number: 2:15-cv-01762-JCZ-SS.

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