Teaver v. Seatrax of Louisiana

[B]Date Decided[/B]: Aug 23rd, 2010
[B]Decided By[/B]: E.D.La.
[B]Court[/B]: E.D.La.
[B]Citation[/B]: 2010 WL 3418231
Plaintiff sought remand of this case back to state court, alleging that he was a Jones Act Seaman, which allowed plaintiff a state court forum. Defendant filed a motion in opposition, alleging that plaintiff did not qualify as a Jones Act Seaman. In this case, plaintiff was paralyzed from the waist down after he was injured on a fixed oil rig platform on the Outer Continental Shelf. Plaintiff was hired by Seatrax (the defendant) to install and operate cranes on oil rigs. On the day plaintiff was injured, he was transported to an oil rig to decommission a crane. However, plaintiff did spend most of his time aboard the vessel that transported him there. The vessel was owned and operated by a third party. Read Moreā€¦