Lawsuit Filed After Incident on Deepwater Thalassa

by | Feb 21, 2018 | Maritime Law, Personal Injury

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who was injured while working on the drillship Deepwater Thalassa.  The worker was injured when he slipped on a rounded hump located on the deck of the vessel.  The lawsuit brings claims against the owner and operator of the vessel, TechnipFMC.  The lawsuit alleges that the company was negligent in:

(a) failing to maintain the vessel and her appurtenances and/or equipment in a safe and reasonable state of repair;
(b) failing to take reasonable precautions for Plaintiff’s safety;
(c) failing to provide Plaintiff with a reasonably safe place to work;
(d) failing to warn Plaintiff of known and/or existing hazards

The injured Plaintiff is represented by Marcus R. Spagnoletti and Eric J. Rhine.

The custom and practice of the maritime industry, as well as government standards, place upon maritime employers a duty to provide safe working, walking, and stepping surfaces to their crewmembers.

Coast Guard standards for inspected vessels, as stated in Title 46 (Shipping) of the CFRs, require ship managers to provide crewmembers with “satisfactory means” of access. The Coast Guard’s federal safety standards require ship owners of Coast Guard-inspected vessels to provide crewmembers with safe walkways:

Satisfactory means (in the form of guard rails, lifelines, gangways or underdeck passages, etc.) shall be provided for the protection of the crew in getting to and from their quarters, the machinery space, and all other parts used in the necessary work of the vessel.

46 CFR Sec. 42.15-75(d), Protection of the crew.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in maritime personal injury litigation and the skills needed to represent seamen who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another party. Spagnoletti Law Firm has lawyers admitted to practice in Texas, Florida and New York, and has handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country.

The experienced maritime attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights under the Jones Act. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to vessel accidents, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your rights.