Successful Defense of Vessel in Personnel Transfer Accident - Hardy v. Wood Group PSN, Inc., et al
Hardy v. Wood Group PSN, Inc., et al., 2014 WL 1652530 (W.D. La. 2014)(Judge Hanna) Mr. Hale successfully defended a vessel owner against claims brought by a passenger alleging serious personal injuries during a transfer from a fixed platform onto the vessel. Plaintiff alleged that the positioning of the vessel and the vessel's failure to hold position during the basket transfer caused the accident, in addition to the vessel owner’s failure to post a deckhand and/or its failure to stop the transfer once it was apparent that a dangerous condition had arisen. After Discovery was complete, Mr. Hale filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, which was opposed by plaintiff, but granted by the Court.