NEW ORLEANS - After tripping on boxes and injuring his knee, a Washington Parish man has filed a lawsuit against his employer that asks for $4 million in damages.

Charles A. Taylor filed suit against Odyssea Marine Inc. and Rowan Co. Inc. on Feb. 14 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on April 27, 2011 as Taylor was employed by Odyssea Marine as a deckhand/engineer and assigned to the supply boat Odyssea Leader.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to furnish a safe place to work, for failing to load cut boxes from the vessel before lowering the hose down to the vessel and for failing to have a properly certificated crane operator operating the crane at the time of the accident.

The plaintiff is asking the court for damages for mental and physical pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, maintenance and cure, interest, attorney fees and punitive damages.

Taylor is represented by Thomas M. Discon of Discon Law Firm in Mandeville.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00429

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