A seaman has filed a lawsuit a lawsuit against his employer after he hit his head on a shelf while doing laundry.

Claiming the shelf was too low, James Dunaway filed suit against Cal Dive International Inc. and Coastal Catering, ABC Insurance Co. and XYZ Insurance Co. on June 1 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on March 31, 2010, as Dunaway was working as a utility/galley hand and performing laundry duty. He states he was picking up the cap for the laundry detergent and when he rose up, he hit his head on a shelf.

The defendant is accused of failing to provide a safe place to work, negligently installing and maintaining a shelf in a dangerous position, failing to warn of the shelf, negligence for not constructing and maintaining the laundry room in a safe condition, and negligence in installing too much equipment in the laundry room to allow safe use of the laundry room.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical and mental pain and anguish, loss of bodily function and embarrassment, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, punitive damages, interest, attorney's fees and court costs.

Dunaway is represented by Virginia L. LoCoco and Joseph A. LoCoco of LoCoco & LoCoco,
P.A. in D'Iberville, Miss. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01297

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