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Seaman blames employer for injury

By The Louisiana Record | Apr 7, 2015

A seaman is suing his employer, alleging negligence in an offshore accident.

Donald Leggett of Sumrall filed a lawsuit March 23 in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana against Harvey Gulf International Marine of New Orleans, citing negligence in injuries he received while at work in February.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 6, Leggett, employed as a rigger and deck hand by the defendant aboard the M/V Harvey Spur, was struck in the head by a crane hook. The suit states the defendant was remiss in failing to provide a safe work environment, prevent the accident and supervise the job properly. Leggett also alleges the vessel was not seaworthy.

The plaintiff cites past, present and future medical expenses, physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages and earning capacity, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Leggett seeks $5 million in damages, plus interest, attorney fees, expenses and costs. He is represented by attorneys Evette Ungar, George W. Byrne, Jr., and Cheryl Wild of Ungar & Byrne in Metairie.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana case number: 2:15-cv-00899-JTM-DEK.

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