Robbie Hargett Nov. 9, 2015, 12:45pm


A Louisiana man is suing an offshore energy company, alleging negligence for injuries he he says he sustained while working aboard a vessel.

Lionel Duncan filed a lawsuit Nov. 5 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against OMI Environmental Solutions, with corporate headquarters in Belle Chasse, La., alleging negligence, gross negligence, denial of maintenance and cure and unseaworthiness.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 5, 2014, while Duncan was employed by Hollemire to work as a crew member on OMI's vessels, he slipped and fell on equipment aboard one of these vessels, sustaining injuries.

The suit alleges the defendant was negligent in failing to maintain the vessel in a safe and reasonable state of repair, failing to take reasonable safety precautions, failing to provide a reasonably safe place to work with proper work conditions, and other negligent acts or omissions.

As a result, the suit states, the plaintiff sustained serious injuries, mental anguish, impairment and disfigurement, loss of earnings and earning capacity, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.

Duncan seeks actual and punitive damages interests, attorney fees and costs of the suit. He is represented by attorney Marcus R. Spagnoletti of Spagnoletti & Co. in Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 3:15-cv-00314.

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