Jones Act, Seaman, R&R Boats & Doucet

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:

  1. 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”).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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. . . .”
  5. 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.
  6. Plaintiff alleges that “[o]n the date and time of the incident, [he] was employed by W&T Offshore. . . .”
  7. 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’).”
  8. ALMA alleges that it “has incurred liability for the payment of indemnity and medical benefits under the OCSLA and LHWCA to Elroy Doucet.”
  9. 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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