Floyd Badeaux v. Magnolia Fleet, L.L.C., et al

[B]Date Decided[/B]: Feb 25[SUP]th[/SUP], 2011
[B]Decided By[/B]: Louisiana Eastern District Court (Federal)
[B]Court[/B]: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
[B]Citation[/B]: 2011 WL 765781
This case arose out of injuries Floyd Badeaux (“Badeaux”)allegedly sustained when he fell between a deck barge and the [I]M/V LOCKMASTER[/I] (“the Vessel”) while attempting to board the Vessel. Badeaux has an unlimitedMaster’s license with numerous years of experience as a captain on theMississippi River.
Badeaux brought claims against his employer, Magnolia Fleet, L.L.C. under the general maritime law. Badeaux alleges as a result of his fall, he sufferedinjuries to his back, neck, spine, ribs, arm and mind and seeks maintenance andcure and general damages in the amount of $4,000,000.
The parties consented to a bench trial before the UnitedStates District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The partiesintroduced depositions of doctors, Miranne and Cenac, and nurses, Zeringue andSimpson to establish the amount and extent of Magnolia’s obligation to providemaintenance and cure.
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