NEW ORLEANS – A man who was working on a barge replacing its roof is suing after he allegedly fell and was injured when he tripped on the newly placed roofing.

Steve Granger IV filed suit against Bisso Marine LLC and Bollinger Shipyards LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Feb. 13.

Granger alleges that he was in the process of replacing a roof of a barge, L/B Super Chief, owned by Bisso Marine and being stored at Bollinger Shipyards when he tripped over a new portion of roofing that had already been placed on the vessel. The plaintiff contends that he severely injured his ankle in the incident.

The defendant is accused of willful misconduct, wanton misconduct, creating a trip or fall hazard, failing to warn of a hazard, failing to provide a safe path and failing to mark the hazard with appropriate safety warnings.

Damages in excess of $75,000 are sought for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and suffering, permanent physical disability, loss of earning capacity, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life and costs of medical care and treatment.

Granger is represented by Frank E. Lamothe III of the New Orleans-based Lamothe Law Firm LLC.

The case has been assigned to U.S. Federal Judge Eldon E. Fallon.

Case no. 2:15-cv-00477.

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