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Man claims disabilty from severe back injuries suffered while working in Gulf of Mexico lab

By Max Schramel | Jan 2, 2015

Workplace injuries accidents

NEW ORLEANS – A man allegedly sustained acute injuries to his back while working on a sea vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jack Wester filed suit against Laborde Marine LLC in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Sept. 25.

Wester claims that on May 22, 2014, he was hired as an engineer and part of a team to work at M/V Genie Lab, which operates in the traversable terrain of the Gulf of Mexico. The petitioner alleges he sustained acute injuries to his lower back while working at the lab. The plaintiff insists the lab’s location in the Gulf of Mexico constituted hazardous conditions that attributed to his injuries.

Before the incident, the petitioner claims he was in peak physical condition and earned $180,000 as engineer aboard diverse sea vessels. The plaintiff contends his recent disability will place a severe hurdle in his ability to work aboard these vessels.

The petitioner is seeking and unspecified amount in damages for pain and suffering, emotional turmoil, medical expenses, disabilities, loss of wages and loss of enjoyment of life.

The plaintiff is represented by Berney L. Strauss, Rhett E. King, Sarah A. Lowman and Clinton G. Mead of Strauss & King APLC.

The case has been assigned to Div. D Judge Lloyd J. Medley.

Case no. 2014-09412.

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