Jones Act, Seaman, Transocean & Wheeler


The Jones Act, Seaman, Transocean & Wheeler 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, Transocean & Wheeler case includes:

  1. This case arises out of injuries allegedly sustained by Plaintiff Robert Wheeler on July 7, 2014.
  2. At the time, Plaintiff was employed with Schlumberger as a Jones Act seaman in his capacity as a compliance engineer aboard the drill ship M/V Deepwater Champion (“Deepwater Champion”).
  3. The Deepwater Champion, owned and operated by Transocean, was performing mining operations for Freeport.
  4. According to his complaint, Plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck and left shoulder when he slipped and fell in a shower of the Deepwater Champion.
  5. Following the accident, Plaintiff stayed aboard the Deepwater Champion to finish his hitch and returned to shore approximately two days later.
  6. As a result of the shower incident, Plaintiff alleges he suffered a torn left rotator cuff requiring multiple surgeries, as well as injuries to his neck.
  7. Plaintiff contends that the accident was the result of negligence attributable to the Defendants, and asserts causes of action for Jones Act negligence, unseaworthiness, and maintenance and cure.
  8. For more on the Jones Act Case – See Jones Act, Seaman, Transcoean & Wheeler

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.

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