Our client, a 35-year-old Louisiana man, was working on a barge in a Mississippi waterway when the vessel encountered a serious storm. He and the other crew members were forced to stay aboard the barge even though their employer knew that the storm was bearing down on the Louisiana and Mississippi coastline. As a result, one of the crew was thrown overboard. Our client took action and saved the man’s life, but not without suffering serious harm himself.
Maritime employers have an obligation to keep their crews safe, and this includes protecting them from Mother Nature herself. Technological advancements have made storms increasingly predictable. Employers should take measures to remove crews from harm’s way so they are not put in undue danger like our client. Our offshore injury attorneys have a considerable amount of experience representing maritime workers who have been injured as a result of unsafe work environments and their employers’ failure to evacuate before hurricanes and other severe weather. We look forward to holding at-fault parties accountable in this case, which we filed in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.