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Seadrill Americas Employee Alleges Negligence Lead to Work Injury

A medic for Seadrill Americas Inc., a deepwater drilling services contractor, recently filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana accusing the company of negligence. The complaint stems from a work injury that occurred while the medic was working on the vessel Sevan Louisiana. On October 12, the worker sustained personal injuries to his lower back as a crewmember on the vessel. He has accused the company of failure to provide a safe working environment, as well as failure to properly train and supervise employees. Back Injuries and Maritime Laws for Work Injury Back injuries are often avoidable. Maritime workers are in danger of back injuries due to the nature of the work. While some back injuries happen over time, others occur due to the negligence of maritime companies. Repeatedly lifting heavy objects in a way that is unsafe and unfair, for example, could…
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Jones Act Seaman Sues Company for $3 Million after Back Injury

A 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…
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How Does the Jones Act Protect Injured Sailors?

A Jones Act seaman recently filed a complaint against his employer, American River Transportation Co., alleging negligence. The complaint states that the plaintiff was working aboard the M/V Cardinal Pride in August 2015. While he was working, he was involved in an accident that left him with serious damage to his ulnar nerve (a nerve that runs near the ulna bone at the inside of your elbow), neck and other parts of his body. He is claiming that his injuries resulted from a failure of his employer to provide a safe workplace. He is also accusing them of failure to properly train and supervise him. What Is the Jones Act and How Does It Help Injured Seaman? The Jones Act is federal legislation that protects American workers injured at sea. It allows qualifying sailors involved in accidents or who become sick while performing their duties to receive compensation from their…
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