Jones Act, Seaman, Seadrill Americas & Woods


The Jones Act, Seaman, Seadrill Americas & Woods 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.

A brief summary of the Jones Act, Seaman, Seadrill Americas & Woods case includes:

  • This case arises from injuries Plaintiff Donald Woods (“Woods”), a Jones Act seaman, sustained while assigned to the drill ship D/S WEST AURIGA by his employer, Defendant Seadrill Americas, Inc. (“Seadrill”).
  • Plaintiff brought this action under general maritime law and 46 U.S.C. § 30104 (The Jones Act). R. Doc. 1 at 1. Seadrill allegedly owned, operated, or controlled the D/S WEST AURIGA at the time of the accident.
  • Plaintiff alleges that he sustained severe personal injuries as a result of Defendant’s negligence, including Defendant’s failure to provide him with a safe place to work, failure to give proper warnings, and failure to adequately plan the drilling operation. Plaintiff also alleges that the unseaworthiness of the D/S WEST AURIGA was a proximate cause of his injury.
  • The incident leading to injury occurred while Plaintiff was in the service of the vessel operating on the navigable waters of the Gulf of Mexico; thus, Plaintiff claims maintenance and cure as well as monetary damages for lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, medical expenses, disability and loss of enjoyment of life.
  • For more on the Jones Act Case – See Jones Act, Seaman, Seadrill Americas & Woods

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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