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Injured seaman brings employer to court for compensation

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 23, 2015

A seaman is suing his employer following a 2015 maritime accident which he claims left him seriously injured.

David George Silva sued Chet Morrison Contractors LLC in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana on July 15 invoking the Jones Act and alleging workplace negligence in June 2015 when he was injured on the job.

The suit states that Silva was employed by the defendant to work aboard the vessel LB Ninilchik. According to the suit, the plaintiff suffered a serious arm injury on or about June 22, 2015, as he assisted in moving pipe from a staging area to racks for welding, X-raying and shrink wrapping prior to underwater installation.

The defendant is charged with failure to properly equip, maintain, operate and oversee the vessel in a non-hazardous manner, to provide training and instruction to the plaintiff and fellow crew, and to provide supporting manpower.

Silva alleges severe physical injury and psychological trauma, loss of pleasure in life, loss of earning capacity, and permanent impairment. He requests maintenance and cure for damages, lost wages and benefits, earning capacity and medical expenses.

Requesting declaratory and injunctive relief, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, expenses, and court costs, the plaintiff is represented by Bobby Delise and Alton J. Hall Jr. of Delise & Hall in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana Case 2:15-cv-02612-EEF-JCW.

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