NEW ORLEANS – A Mississippi man employed as a deckhand alleged he was injured because the deck of the vessel had not been cleaned.

Barney Bedwell filed a complaint on Oct. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against M-I LLC, Schlumberger Technology Corp., and/or Schlumberger Technologies Inc. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 17, 2014, he was employed by defendants assigned to their towing vessel, the Endeavor, when he slipped and fell in mud on the deck. He alleges the incident caused him to sustain serious, debilitating injuries that resulted in medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of earning capacity.

The plaintiff holds M-I LLC, Schlumberger Technology Corp., and/or Schlumberger Technologies Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to maintain the deck of the Endeavor in a reasonably safe condition, failed to adequately train and supervise their crew and failed to warn him of the unexpected movements of the vessel.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in his favor for all compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, costs and for all other equitable maritime relief. He is represented by Joel R. Waltzer and Evette E. Ungar of Waltzer Wiygul & Garside LLC in Gretna.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-15606

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