A maritime injury lawsuit filed in New Orleans, blames a taxing work schedule for a crew member's injuries. According to the lawsuit, the seaman suffered permanent and severe leg injuries when he got his boot stuck on a board underneath a toolbox. The seaman was working aboard the vessel Poul Deau. He has now filed a lawsuit against his employer Couvillion Group. The lawsuit alleges that the employer failed to maintain a reasonably safe workplace, failed to train and supervise employees, and also failed to have the required number of crew members on board to load supplies off the vessel. The lawsuit alleges that the employer set a harsh work schedule that taxed and fatigued the crew. The Seaman alleges that the vessel was unseaworthy because of these work conditions. A vessel may be unseaworthy in more than one way. A vessel maybe unsafe or unseaworthy not just because there are unsafe for physically hazardous work conditions of the vessel. A vessel may be considered unseaworthy if the employer fails to provide safety equipment, like firefighting equipment and life preserving gear on the vessel. Besides, a vessel may also be unseaworthy if the employer fails to have enough numbers of crew members assigned to a vessel. Employers sometimes do this to save on payroll costs. However, fewer numbers of crew numbers on a vessel mean that the existing crew members may be overstressed and overworked. Besides, a vessel may also be considered unseaworthy if the crew was not sufficiently trained to perform their duties. Maritime lawyer Brian Beckcom is a Board-Certified Trial Lawyer whose primary focus is the representation of Jones Act seamen, including tankermen, galley hands, deckhands, cruise line crews, fishing vessel crew members, offshore workers and other maritime workers in accidents in Texas, across the country and international waters.
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