Seaman claims accident caused brain injury in suit against employer

By Michelle Keahey | Jan 14, 2013


NEW ORLEANS - Following a serious accident at sea, Larry Bright claims he is suffering from a brain injury and has filed a Jones Act lawsuit against his employer Blue Marlin Services of Acadiana on Jan. 2 in federal court in New Orleans.

While employed by Blue Marlin Services as a Jones Act Seaman, Bright had an accident in October 2010 that caused some form of brain injury.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide immediate and proper medical treatment to Bright, breaching a legally imposed duty of reasonable care, failing to provide a reasonable safe place to work, failing to properly train and supervise Bright, failing to take any means or precautions for the safety of Bright’s employees, creation and maintenance of an unseaworthy vessel, failing to provide minimum safety requirements, and for failing to provide adequate equipment and personnel for the job.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, loss of wages, loss of wage earning capacity, physical disability, medical expenses, maintenance and cure benefits, punitive damages, interest, and court costs.

Bright is represented by Timothy J. Young, Jason MacFetters, and Tammy D. Harris of The Young Firm in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00005

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