Maritime companies sued after lockers fall on top of employee

By Michelle Massey | Mar 15, 2011

Two Louisiana maritime companies are being sued by an employee after bedroom lockers fell on top of her causing severe injury.

Lisa D. Hebert filed suit against Swiftships Shipbuilders and Barges Unlimited Inc. on Feb. 23 in federal court in New Orleans.

The incident occurred on March 31, 2010 as Hebert was cleaning the bedrooms upon the defendant's barge. She

The defendants are accused of failing to exercise ordinary care to have the barge and equipment in such a condition to allow Hebert to perform her duties with reasonable safety, failing to warn of hidden dangers and failing to properly secure the lockers so as to prevent them from toppling over.

Hebert is seeking damages for mental and physical pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of wages and impairment of earning capacity, lost enjoyment of life, interest and court costs.

Hebert is represented by Jim S. Hall and Joseph W. Rausch of Jim S. Hall & Associates in Metairie.

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

Case No. 2:11-cv-00441

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