Seaman Craig Wilson claims he fell while working aboard the M/V Kevin Gros when the deck plate in the engine room gave away.

As a result of the fall, Wilson injured his back and knee, he claims in a suit filed against Kevin Gros Offshore, L.L.C on May 19 in federal court in New Orleans.

The accident occurred on Sept. 27, 2009 when Wilson was working in the engine room. Wilson states that that the deck plate was missing bolts and screws, which caused the collapse.

The defendant is accused of negligence in failing to provide Wilson a safe place to work and for breaching its duty to prove Wilson with maintenance and cure.

He is seeking damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment and disfigurement, lost earnings, loss of earning capacity, maintenance and cure, attorney's fees, interest and court costs. The plaintiff is also asking for an award of punitive damages for Kevin Gros Offshore's failure to pay maintenance and cure.

Houston attorney Steve Gordon of Gordon & Elias is representing Wilson.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv01514

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