Settlements 2017-12-13T23:01:13+00:00

Settlements

$11,450,000 – Crew member suffers second and third degree burns over 60% of his body after vessel strikes an underwater gas pipeline; dies 28 days later

St. Martin & Bourque represented the family of a crew member who sustained serious, and ultimately fatal, burn injuries when his vessel struck and punctured an underwater gas pipeline. At the time of the allision, the vessel was attempting to navigate to an oil storage facility. The gas escaping from the pipeline subsequently ignited and the vessel was engulfed in flames. As a result, the crew member suffered second and third degree burns to almost 60% of his body. The crew member underwent inpatient treatment at a local burn unit for [...]

$900,000 SETTLEMENT – FALL FROM PERSONNEL BASKET; CLOSED HEAD INJURY WITH CEREBRAL CONCUSSION; COGNITIVE DEFICITS AND MIGRAINE HEADACHES; CERVICAL AND LUMBAR SPRAIN

Our client, a twenty-seven year old telecommunications technician, suffered closed head, neck, and lower back injuries after falling from a personnel basket to the back deck of a crew boat while being transferred to an offshore oil production platform. The vessel shifted in the seas prior to the plaintiff being lifted from the back deck, and the webbing of the personnel basket collapsed on top of our client. The crane operator failed to reposition the boom of the crane or allow the vessel to stabilize prior to making the lift, [...]

$11,000,000 SETTLEMENT – JONES ACT/GENERAL MARITIME LAW CLAIM; MULTIPLE INJURIES, INCLUDING PARAPLEGIA

Our client, a resident of the United Kingdom, was assigned as a floorhand to a jack-up drilling rig working in the Gulf of Mexico. Our client was working on the drill floor when a metal plate/cover on the rig’s top drive fell approximately ninety feet to the rig floor and struck the plaintiff on the left side of his body. Our client suffered numerous injuries, including a left brachial plexus injury, several broken ribs, fractures of several lumbar vertebrae, injury to his spinal cord, a ruptured spleen, contusions to [...]

RAILROAD ACCIDENT; WRONGFUL DEATH; $1.825 MILLION

Our clients were the wife and son of a man who was severely injured when his car was struck by a railroad maintenance vehicle (referred to as a “tamper”) at a highway/rail crossing in Red River Parish, Louisiana.  As our clients’ husband/father approached the unguarded crossing, a tamper crossed the road.  Due to the layout of the crossing, our clients’ husband/father did not see a second tamper that was following.  The second tamper struck our clients’ husband/father’s vehicle near the front door on the driver’s side and pushed the [...]

$1,065,000 SETTLEMENT – ARISING OUT OF HEAD-ON FATAL COLLISION WITH 18-WHEELER

A vehicle occupied by our client’s relatives was heading southbound on Interstate 59 when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer truck (travelling northbound on Interstate 59) experienced a catastrophic failure of its front tire. The semi to crossed the median and entered the southbound lanes of Interstate 59, striking the smaller vehicle and killing the four occupants thereof. The deceased were survived by our seven clients who consisted of the wife and four children of the driver, the three siblings of a passenger (which consisted of the driver’s wife and her two [...]

$1MIL SETTLEMENT RESULTING FROM 18-WHEELER COLLISION

Our client was moving a John Deere tractor with a hay baler along the shoulder of Highway 90 in St. Charles Parish when an 18-wheeler unsuccessfully attempted to pass, striking the rear of the hay baler, pushing it 78 feet from the point of impact causing our client to be ejected. As a result of the accident the client sustained closed head injuries, multiple abrasions and cuts to his head, face, right arm, upper back, hip, thigh, leg and ankle, and multiple cervical fractures. The man ultimately underwent a [...]