Seaman, Jones Act, Maritime & Noble Drilling


The Seaman, Jones Act, Maritime & Noble Drilling case is about an alleged seaman that filed a lawsuit under the Jones Act.  The case, in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a summary judgment (seaman status disputed).  

A brief summary of the Seaman, Jones Act, Maritime & Noble Drilling case includes:

  • Plaintiff Walter Hewitt alleges that he was a seaman working as a tong operator aboard a drilling vessel, the FRONTIER DRILLER,when a gust of wind caused the lid of a tool box to close on his head, injuring him.
  • At the time, Plaintiff was employed by Defendant Frank’s International, LLC (“Franks”). The FRONTIER DRILLER was owned by Defendant Noble Drilling U.S., LLC (“Noble”) and operated by Defendant Shell Offshore, Inc. (“Shell”).
  • Plaintiff alleges that the tool box lacked certain safety measures, specifically a hydraulic closure system, which would have prevented it from closing on his head. He has brought claims under the Jones Act and general maritime law for unseaworthiness, maintenance and cure, and punitive damages for failure to pay maintenance and cure.
  • He has also brought a claim under 33 U.S.C. § 905(b) of the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. Plaintiff’s wife also brings a claim for loss of consortium.
  • Plaintiffs and Defendants dispute Plaintiff’s status as a seaman, and all parties have filed motions for summary judgment regarding this issue.
  • The Court ruled: Granted
  • For more on the Seaman, Jones Act, Maritime & Noble Drilling case, please follow this link: Seaman and Noble Drilling – May 5, 2016. 

CASE WATCH℠ is a compilation of Jones Act cases nationwide.

Case Watch is provided for the seaman and others as a source of information about various situations in which seaman have been injured while performing their jobs aboard a vessel, ship, platform etc.  The seaman have usually sought remedies (unseaworthiness and maintenance and cure) under general maritime law and the Jones Act.

We hope that it is both helpful and informative.


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