NEW ORLEANS – A Lafayette resident who allegedly tripped over a rope is now seeking damages.
Barrett Bonin filed a lawsuit on Feb. 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Bilfinger Salamis Inc. over claims of negligence.
Bonin asserts that on or about May 7, 2015, he was working as a painting inspector and monitor on a fixed offshore platform owned and/or operated by Murphy Oil USA Inc. in the Gulf of Mexico on the outer Continental Shelf off of Louisiana’s coast. Bonin claims that while he was performing his duties painting the platform, he tripped on a manila rope and allegedly fell forward, injuring his stomach, chest and hands on the deck.
As a result of the fall, Bonin allegedly suffered severe, painful, temporary and permanently disabling injuries to his body which allegedly will require continued medical care and rehabilitation. He also claims to have suffered emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and lifestyle, loss of wages, permanent impairment to his wage earning ability, disability and disfigurement. Bonin claims that the defendant failed to exercise proper care by not removing the rope upon which he tripped and that it created a risk to him and others.
He is seeking compensatory and special damages, all the costs, interest, attorney fees and a jury trial. He is represented by David A. Abramson and Beth E. Abramson from Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-01092