Jones Act, Seaman, Hercules Offshore & Thomas


The Jones Act, Seaman, Hercules Offshore & Thomas case is about an alleged seaman that filed a lawsuit under the Jones Act in the United States District Court, M.D. Louisiana.

A brief summary of the Jones Act, Seaman, Hercules Offshore & Thomas case includes:

  1. This case presents seaman injury claims under the Jones Act. The Plaintiff, Thomas, was hired by Defendants to work as a galley hand on board the Hercules 264 (“Hercules”) in November of 2012.
  2. According to Thomas, on May 26, 2013, around 10:00 p.m., she left her stateroom on the Hercules and went to the adjoining bathroom.
  3. As she was attempting to return to her stateroom, she tripped over the threshold of the door connecting the bathroom to the stateroom. The threshold in question was approximately two inches in height.
  4. Thomas stated in her deposition: “After I used the bathroom, I turned the light off, my left foot hit the threshold and I fell on my right side.”
  5. Thomas returned to her bed and awoke with right hip and leg pain the following morning. She informed the Office Instillation Manager (“OIM”) and medic on the Hercules that she was in pain due to her fall the previous night.
  6. Thomas filed suit on January 26, 2015, alleging that she suffered severe injuries, including possible ruptured discs, nerve damage, and other tissue damage as a result of her May 26, 2013 fall on the Hercules. Thomas alleges that the Hercules was unseaworthy and that the Defendants were negligent.
  7. For more on the Jones Act Case – See Jones Act, Seaman, Hercules Offshore & Thomas

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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