NEW ORLEANS-A crewmember assigned to a vessel helping with the oil spill clean-up has filed a lawsuit against BP after allegedly falling from a second-floor hotel balcony.

Clyde S. Harper filed suit against Ameri-Force, BP Products North America, BP America and BP Exploration and Production on July 14 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the complaint, Harper had been working as a crewmember on a vessel seven days per week for approximately 14 hours per day. The ship was part of the oil spill clean-up effort.

Sleeping and eating accommodations of the workers, including Harper, were provided by BP and Ameri-Force at the Sand Dollar Marina Inn in Grand Isle.

On June 21, 2010, Harper says he fell from a second-floor balcony at the Marina Inn after a railing gave way. He claims he sustained severe injuries including fractured vertebrae.

Harper is seeking more than $400,000 in damages for medical expenses, maintenance and cure, compensatory damages for defendant's failure to provide adequate medical treatment and punitive damages.

Harper is represented by Alonzo T. Stanga III of Stanga & Mustian in Metairie.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv01976

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