A seaman his filed suit in a New Orleans federal court, claiming he sustained disabling injuries from a fall after slipping on a vessel’s wooden floor. The Jones Act lawsuit accuses Big R Towing Inc. of negligence for failing to maintain the vessel and her appurtenances in a safe and reasonable state of repair.

The lawsuit also claims the defendant failed to take responsible precautions for the seaman’s safety and failed to provide employees with a safe working place or warn the plaintiff of existing or known hazards. The suit also states that, after the incident, the flooring was changed.

The seaman, Michael Johnson, is seeking damages for lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, mental anguish, physical pain and disfigurement, maintenance and cure, punitive damages, court costs, attorney’s fees and interest.

The Jones Act attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers represent workers injured while working as seamen or in other maritime occupations.