Seaman Seeks $1.5 Million in Back Injury Lawsuit

Seaman seeks $1.5 million in personal injury suitA Mississippi seaman recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against his employer for allegedly having him lift buckets of oil when there was a mechanical lift available for the task.

The Louisiana Record reports that Howard L. Watkins Jr. has hired a personal injury attorney to represent him in the case, and seeks $1.5 million in damages from defendants Galliano Marine Service, Edison Chouest Offshore & C-Lift.

The incident allegedly occurred in October 2010 when Watkins was performing his job onboard the vessel M/V Eagle off the coast of Louisiana. He claims that he permanently injured his lower back while attempting to lift buckets of oil using rope, the news source reports. 

Watkins' employer is accused of allowing Watkins to perform this task manually when a mechanical method was available, failing to provide Watkins with a safe place to work and failing to provide Watkins with the necessary assistance to perform his tasks, according to the news provider.

He is reportedly suing for medical expenses, physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, court costs, lost wages and loss of earning potential.