Louisiana technician sues employer, alleging negligence in workplace injury

By Mark Trammell | Sep 22, 2015

A Louisiana technician is suing his employer, alleging negligence for injuries suffered while working on equipment.

Alfred Holmes filed a lawsuit Sept. 1 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, against Stranco Services and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, both with offices in Dallas, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Holmes was living and working aboard a vessel servicing Anadarko's offshore platform Lucius. The suit says on Sept. 8, 2014, the plaintiff was seriously injured while working with/on malfunctioning and/or inadequate equipment on the platform during pipe-tightening operations.

The suit says Holmes did nothing to cause the accident and that his co-workers and overseers were at fault. The suit alleges gross negligence.

The plaintiff says he is entitled to benefits of maintenance and cure, and both pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages, plus compensation for physical disability sustained in the injury and continued disability in the future, physical pain and suffering and mental anguish in the past and future, loss of earnings, medical expenses, past and future physical disfigurement and impairment.

Holmes seeks punitive damages, plus interest on all concerned as well as cost costs and attorney fees and all other damages as the court sees fit. He seeks a jury trial. 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-00233.

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