Seaman sues offshore services firm, alleging negligence in accident aboard vessel

By Robbie Hargett | Oct 6, 2015

A seaman is suing an offshore services company, alleging negligence for injuries he sustained aboard one of the company's vessels.

Dustin M. Hatten filed a lawsuit Sept. 28 in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana against Hercules Offshore Services, alleging negligence.

On Dec. 30, 2014, the complaint states, while employed by Hercules Offshore Services aboard its M/V Hercules 264, Hatten suffered an accident that resulted in injuries to his shoulder.

The suit says Hercules was negligent in failing to provide a reasonably safe place to work, failing to train and supervise staff, failing to provide minimum safety requirements, creating and maintaining an un-seaworthy vessel, and failing to provide adequate equipment and personnel, among other negligent acts or omissions.

Hatten seeks compensatory, special and general damages, maintenance and cure benefits, plus attorney fees and court costs. He is represented by attorneys Timothy J. Young, Tammy D. Harris, Megan C. Misko and Daniel J. Poolson Jr. of The Young Firm in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-04818-SM-DEK.

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