Crew Member Sues Vessel Owner For Hand Injury

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Reports say that a lawsuit was filed by Carmon Matthew Walker, a former crew member of a ship, against the owner of the Vessel citing maritime negligence and unseaworthiness that led to his serious hand injury.

The complaint says Walker was employed by the defendant on May 5, 2015, as a deckhand, seaman, and member of the crew aboard the vessel, under the defendant’s ownership.  On the day of the accident, the plaintiff claims to have been taking apart three barges when his hand was crushed by a winch permanently attached to the vessel, requiring surgery and causing permanent damage and disability.

The plaintiff avers that his injury was a direct result of the defendant’s negligence and failure to properly maintain and equip the vessel.  He claims that the vessel has subsequently proven itself to be unseaworthy.

Walker seeks damages incurred from his injury, medical expenses, loss of wages, fringe benefits, attorney’s fees, costs and a trial by jury.  Alton J. Hall Jr. and Bobby J. Delise of Delise & Hall of Covington represented Walker.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-01630-SM-DEK

Source: Louisiana Record

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