NEW ORLEANS – A Texas seaman alleges he was injured on the job because of his employer's unsafe vessel.

Freddie Banks Jr. filed a complaint on Oct. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Louisiana Marine Operators LLC alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 20, he was a crew member working on defendant's vessel Maxx B when he fell down a set of stairs and sustained injuries to his body. Plaintiff alleges he suffered pain and suffering, mental and emotional distress, loss of earning capacity and medical expenses. The plaintiff holds Louisiana Marine Operators LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work, failed to discover and remedy the unsafe and defective condition and failed to provide maintenance, cure benefits.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against defendant for damages, plus legal interest, costs of these proceedings, for maintenance and cure, attorney's fees, and all equitable relief as seen fit by the court. He is represented by Jim S. Hall and Joseph W. Rausch of Jim S. Hall & Associates in Metairie.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-15645

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