Blessey Marine Service accused of negligence in work-related injuries

By Robert Hadley | Jan 15, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A crew member aboard a boat owned by Blessey Marine Service is blaming the company for nerve damage and other injuries he allegedly suffered due to unsafe working conditions.

Bradley White filed a lawsuit Jan. 5 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Blessey Marine Service Inc., alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, White served aboard the marine vessel Tim Scott as a $30,000-a-year seaman. White says that on April 18, after the captain ordered him to assist in securing a barge, he fell down the wheelhouse stairs, injuring his right hand and connective joints, tissues and nerves. He alleges that the stairs lacked nonskid protection and adequate lighting.

White seeks compensation for damages and for maintenance and cure until his physician declares that he has reached maximum medical improvement. He is represented by attorney Paul M. Sterbcow and Beth E. Abramson of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson in New Orleans. Matthew D. Shaffer of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris of Houston, Texas, is of counsel.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-CV-00047

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