NEW ORLEANS – A Jones Act seaman is seeking damages from his former employer after he allegedly sustained injuries while on the job.
Ben Hensaw filed a lawsuit on Feb. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of Louisiana against FairfieldNodal over claims that the defendant failed to provide a safe place to work and other negligent actions.
Henshaw claims that on or about June 25, 2014, he was employed by defendant as a worker aboard the vessel Ocean Pearl, which is owned by defendant. On that same day, Henshaw claims to have experienced an accident that injured his right shoulder and other parts of his body.
He claims that the defendant failed to properly supervise and train him, failed to take means or safety precautions, failed to provide proper equipment and maintained an unseaworthy vessel. As a result of defendant’s alleged actions, the plaintiff attests that he has suffered loss of wages, physical disability and loss of ability to work.
He is seeking punitive damages, interests, cost of suit and attorney fees and any other relief. He is represented by Timothy J. Young, Tammy D. Harris, Megan C. Misko and Daniel J. Poolson Jr. from The Young Firm in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-01050-MLCF-MBN