While working on a ship, a Mississippi man slipped in a puddle of oily water and fell to the deck. The resulting injury has led to the man filing a lawsuit in a Louisiana court, where he claims the on deck slip-and-fall injury ruined his career.
On July 20, 2014, the victim says that he fell in a puddle of oil and water while the vessel he was working on was preparing to refuel. He says the accident caused a bulge in his lumbar back, which now causes the victim pain and prevents him from working. Now this man wants compensation for his lost wages, medical expenses, and his pain and suffering.
Does The Seaman Have A Case?
Employers are required by law to provide a safe work environment, reasonable care and training that the victim of this claim says was not provided. Considering that falls are the number one cause of on-the-job accidents, fall prevention efforts may have gone a long way to keeping this employee safe, and now a court must decide if the employer was negligent of such efforts.
Most on-the-job injuries are covered by workers’ compensation, but sometimes employers and insurance companies try to save a dollar by denying claims. The lawyers at Galloway Jefcoat have almost 15 years of experience in the workers’ comp insurance industry, so we know their tricks. Contact us for a free consultation on your workers’ comp injury case.
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