$725,000 – oiler aggravates low back condition

Plaintiff oiler suffered from a low back congenital deformity. He sustained an injury at work and was placed on light duty status. One day, Plaintiff was required to operate the “power take off lever” on the supply vessel’s port side mud pump. This job violated the restrictions of the doctors who had been treating the Plaintiff. The “power take off lever” caused a direct axial load to the Plaintiff’s spine, resulting in a disabling aggravation to his low back. The employer failed to properly restrict the Plaintiff’s duties on the vessel. The Plaintiff underwent a lumbar disc micro-dissection surgery. $725,000