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La. man says he was hurt on drilling barge

By Annie Cosby | Jan 15, 2015

A Louisiana man is suing over claims he was injured aboard a drilling barge.

Tobias Benoit filed a lawsuit Nov. 10 in Galveston County District Court against Baywater Drilling and Baywater Drilling Management Partners, citing negligence.

According to the complaint, Benoit was employed as a seaman aboard a mobile drilling barge named Atchafalaya on inland waters of Louisiana and owned by the defendants. On Jan. 14, the suit states, he slipped on a slippery substance on the floor and fell, sustaining serious injuries to his neck, back, arms and head. The defendants are accused of negligence in failing to properly train and supervise its crew or maintain a safe work environment.

Benoit seeks medical and punitive damages, lost earnings, loss of earning capacity, exemplary damages and attorney fees. He is represented by attorneys Kurt B. Arnold, J. Kyle Findley and Caj D. Boatright of Arnold and Itkin in Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number: CV-0073098.

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