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Seaman files claim against employer after accident

A seaman filed a lawsuit against a Texas company, as he claims that the company's negligence led to his injuries. The lawsuit was filed in the Galveston Division of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on April 17.

According to court documents, the plaintiff was working for Performance Energy Services as a rigger when he suffered from workplace injuries. While working in the Gulf of Mexico on an offshore platform on Oct. 9, 2014, the man was severely injured by faulty equipment that fell on him. The plaintiff claims that the accident was a direct result of his employer's failure to properly maintain the platform equipment or warn him about the potential hazard. He also says that his employer's behavior was both willful and reckless.

The injured employee is seeking financial compensation from the defendant for medical expenses, lost wages and loss of future earning potential. He is also seeking compensation for his pain and suffering, disfigurement and impairment. The man has reportedly cited the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and is seeking pecuniary and punitive damages as well as reimbursement for his legal expenses.

A person who has been injured in an accident that occurred at their workplace is entitled to seek workers' compensation benefits even if their employer was not negligent. There are some cases where an injured employee may have a case for filing a separate third-party personal injury claim as well. An attorney may be able to help an injured employee to pursue the maximum amount of compensation through both workers' compensation and third-party claims.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Rig worker blames employer for accident," Carol Ostrow, April 23, 2015

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