I know this guy that went to work as a trip pilot for a fly by night out fit that was leasing a boat from the same major carrier that they had a contract with to push barges.
This guy kinda screwed the pooch one night and destroyed the starboard wheel on an old submerged cyprus stump.
The fly by night mom and pop outfit was running a substandard crew who were insubordanent and drug abusers.
The trip pilot cut his losses and got off the boat feeling about as big as tom thumb after his wipeout.
the trip pilot got over it and realized that when it comes to running towboats it is not a matter of “if” but rather “when” and to what degree.
now a year or two later this trip pilot is getting calls from a lawyer that is probably gonna tell the trip pilot that the owner of the company is filing suit against him for the price of replacing the wheel, down time, and the loss of contract with the company who he was going to lose contract with wheel or no wheel.
what is the trip pilot or “captain’s” liability in this?
when you operate a commercial vessel for a US commercial shipping company in the US if you have an accident you are covered by the company’s insurance except in cases of severe negligence that result in loss of life I am assuming.
the mom and pop joint should have had enought liability insurance to cover any property damage that an operator for their comany may cause yes?
and if they lose a contract and are looking for someone to blame besides theirselves they can not sue the operator for losing a contract can they?
I know this scumbag and he is lookinng to at least squeeze this operator for any money or assets he may have. or at least bankrupt him if possible.
also if this case is filed in Lousiana state court system unless they manage to serve the defendent in Indiana the defendant cant be summoned to Lousiana state court can he?
I mean it has to be a federal case yes?
and even if it were won on a state level unless the defendant has assets in that state the plantiff can not collect a dime?
can they even serve a writ on garnishment written by a LA court in Indiana?