NEW ORLEANS - A marine engineer has filed a personal injury lawsuit that claims he fell while descending a ladder due to the ladder's defects.

William Paul Crace filed suit against Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Inc. & Huntington Ingalls Inc. on Aug. 1 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Aug. 12, 2009 as Crace was working as a marine engineer for Alion Science & Technology aboard a ship that was being built for the U.S. Navy by the defendants. Crace was on his way to the HVAC room by descending a ladder and he fell injuring his back.

Crace states he fell due to a defective recessed ladder.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to remedy the known danger, and failing to warn of the hazard.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and anguish, physical disability, physical disfigurement and scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of wages, loss of earning ability, interest, and court costs.

Crace is represented by Metairie attorneys George B. Recile of Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murrary, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes, LLP and Troy Keller. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-01986

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