Seaman employer for $1 million after trailer hitch hits foot

By Michelle Keahey | Feb 7, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - A Lafourche Parish man has filed a lawsuit against his employer for $1 million after he dropped a trailer hitch on his foot.

Cody Boudreaux filed suit against Clean Gulf Associates and Marine Spill Response Corp. on Jan. 26 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred in May 2011 as Boudreaux was working as a seaman for the defendants in the yard hitching a trailer to a trailer hitch.

During the process, the trailer hitch fell on Boudreaux's foot, the suit claims.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to provide Boudreaux a safe place to work free from hazards, providing Boudreaux with unsafe equipment and surface, allowing and promoting dangerous practices to occur on the job, and for failing to properly supervise and train Boudreaux.

The plaintiff is asking court for an award of $1 million in damages for physical and mental pain and anguish, loss of bodily function, embarrassment, maintenance and cure, attorney's fees, interest, and court costs.

Boudreaux is represented by C. Arlen Braud II, Michelle O. Gallagher, and Megan E. Algero of Braud & Gallagher in Mandeville. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00273

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