O'Bryant v. Gray Insurance Company, et al
ORDER and REASONS - Defendants' Motion in Limine to Exclude/Limit Plaintiff's Liability Expert, Randy Rice (Rec. Doc. 95) is hereby GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART, as set forth within document. Signed by Chief Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt on 10/12/2017. (cbs)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
TIMOTHY G. O’BRYANT
GRAY INSURANCE COMPANY, ET AL
SECTION “N” (1)
ORDER AND REASONS
Before the Court is Defendants’ Motion in Limine to Exclude/Limit Plaintiff’s Liability
Expert, Randy Rice (Rec. Doc. 95). This motion is opposed by Plaintiff (Rec. Doc. 112). In this
motion, Defendants The Gray Insurance Company, Longnecker Properties, Inc., ENI US
Operating Company, Inc. and SEACOR Marine LLC, seek to exclude any expert testimony by
economic loss expert Dr. Randy Rice as it pertains to supposed future economic loss, and to
exclude any claim for lost wages as a result of an alleged accident in 2014, thus focusing any
economic loss considerations on Plaintiff’s alleged slip and fall in a shower aboard the M/V CLAY
ELLA on November 14, 2015.
As a threshold matter, Defendants’ Motion in Limine is GRANTED as to any claims for
economic loss arising out of an alleged accident occurring in the summer of 2014, when Plaintiff
claims he sustained a shoulder injury as he attempted to maneuver a personnel basket. This claim
was dismissed via summary judgment (see Rec. Doc. 61), and thus any testimony or evidence
pertinent to it is excluded from trial.
As to future economic loss, Defendants cite to the testimony of treating physician Dr.
Joseph S. “Asa” Bennett (excerpts of Dr. Bennett’s records are attached as Exhibit B to Rec. Doc.
95-1), wherein Dr. Bennett released Plaintiff to full duty on his right shoulder on June 14, 2016
and released him to full duty on his left shoulder on June 19, 2017. Accordingly, Plaintiff cannot
recover economic losses beyond June 19, 2017, and Defendants’ motion is GRANTED in this
Dr. Rice’s report dated July 5, 2017 (Rec. Doc. 95-2) sets forth the following remaining
opinion with regard to economic losses allegedly sustained between November 14, 2015 and
approximately June 19, 2017:
The potential economic losses in this case are comprised of both past and future
amounts. The prospective past earnings foregone can be represented by those
incomes which Mr. O’Bryant might have received from the date of his accident in
2015 until the trial date in 2017 but did not owing to his injuries. Assuming the
income level as explained in the preceding paragraph in this regard, an estimate of
the past after-tax “losses” is $30,932.00.
Expert Report of Dr. Randy Rice, p. 2. The Court finds this opinion to be pertinent to the alleged
slip and fall in the shower aboard the vessel on November 14, 2015, and counsel may elicit it from
Dr. Rice at trial.
For the foregoing reasons, Defendants’ Motion in Limine to Exclude/Limit Plaintiff’s
Liability Expert, Randy Rice (Rec. Doc. 95) is hereby GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN
PART, as set forth herein.
New Orleans, Louisiana, this 12th day of October 2017.
KURT D. ENGELHARDT
United States District Judge
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