Jones Act Seaman Sues Company for $3 Million after Back Injury

Photo of an offshore construction platform for oil and gas production and a boatA Jones Act seaman in Louisiana has filed a complaint against his employer, Delaware-based Genesis Marine LLC, blaming them for injuries he sustained while working on board the M/V Genesis Vigilant. He has accused the company of failure to provide a safe working environment.

The seaman filed the complaint on June 30, 11 days after the injury occurred. On June 19, he was working as a crew member on the tow boat when he slipped and fell in the engine room walkway. The fall led to injuries to his lower back. He blames Genesis Marine LLC for negligence, stating that the company and its representative failed to perform appropriate engine room cleaning to failed to warn crew members properly or appropriately.

The plaintiff is seeking a trial by jury and damages in the sum of $3 million plus interest, cost of the legal proceedings and all other general and equitable maritime relief.

Slip and Falls on Jones Act Vessels

Commercial ships are notorious for having slippery walkways and other hazards that can lead to a slip and fall accident. As such, wet walkways are a foreseeable risk for an employer. The walkways, ladders and platforms on a Jones Act vessel should be kept clean, reinforced with non-slip materials and maintained in order to prevent injury. Other hazards such as poor weather, uneven surfaces, broken or damaged ladders and scaffolding, slick surfaces without non-slip materials and debris can also lead to slip and fall injuries.

If you are injured in a slip and fall on a Jones Act vessel, you should discuss your case with a Jones Act attorney.


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