Arnold & Itkin LLP offshore attorney Noah Wexler recently filed a Jones Act case on behalf of a Relief Captain from Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The Captain took the offshore supply vessel out in rough weather and the Relief Captain was injured from being violently tossed around in his bunk. He sustained a lower back injury and had to be taken back to shore via helicopter.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New Orleans, Louisiana, naming the Relief Captain's employer, Cheramie Marine as the defendant. The suit alleges that Cheramie Marine failed to properly train and supervise its crew and is liable for its employee's negligence. The Relief Captain is seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and maintenance and cure. Maintenance and cure are benefits provided by the Jones Act to injured seaman.
Arnold & Itkin represents injured offshore workers throughout the United States. The firm has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients.