The Jones Act, Seaman, R&R Boats & Doucet case is about an alleged seaman that filed a lawsuit under the Jones Act in the United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle.
A brief summary of the Jones Act, Seaman, R&R Boats & Doucet case includes:
- On July 3, 2017, plaintiff, Elroy Doucet (“Plaintiff”), filed a Complaint for Damages in Admiralty (the “Complaint”) against defendant, R. & R. Boats, Inc. (“R. & R.” or “Defendant”).
- Per the Complaint, Plaintiff alleges that he was injured while traveling as a passenger on board the M/V Landon James, “a vessel in navigation” “owned, being operated by and under the sole custody and control of” Defendant.
- Plaintiff alleges that at the time of the incident, while transporting Plaintiff and “other workers to various platforms located in the Gulf of Mexico” the M/V Landon James encountered progressively worsening seas “to the point where they were unreasonably dangerous for the M/V Landon James to continue traversing.”
- Due to the “extremely rough sea conditions,” Plaintiff alleges that he “lost his balance and fell onto and against the edge of a table, striking and injuring his back, left shoulder, and neck. . . .”
- Plaintiff contends that he has been rendered totally disabled from working, and asserts that his injuries occurred “solely through the negligence and/or fault on the part of” Defendant.
- Plaintiff alleges that “[o]n the date and time of the incident, [he] was employed by W&T Offshore. . . .”
- Per its proposed Complaint of Intervention, ALMA alleges that it “issued a Member’s Coverage Agreement to W&T Offshore, Inc. covering its liabilities for injuries to its employees pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. §1333 (`OCSLA’), extending the benefits of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. §901, et seq. (`LHWCA’).”
- ALMA alleges that it “has incurred liability for the payment of indemnity and medical benefits under the OCSLA and LHWCA to Elroy Doucet.”
- Specifically, ALMA asserts that following the incident, Plaintiff filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits and that “ALMA paid to or on behalf of [Plaintiff] weekly compensation benefits, medical expenses, and other expenses. . .” such that it “is entitled to intervene in these proceedings, and to recover from R. & R. Boats, Inc. directly and by preference and priority from the first monies received by [Plaintiff] . . . for the compensation, medical expenses and attorney fees ALMA has paid. . . .”
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