Our client was dutifully employed as support personnel on an offshore rig operated by KEPPEL AMFELS. On or about August 9, 2013, our client was returning from a lunch break when Plaintiff’s hand was caught in a cable attached to a pulley that was not properly maintained and did not have adequate safety protections. Plaintiff immediately reported his injury, and was sent to the nearest hospital for immediate care for the issue.
The First Court of Appeals of Texas this week issued an opinion (http://www.search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.aspx?MediaVersionID=2bb3591e-accb-4299-bce1-7766ff273147&coa=coa01&DT=Opinion&MediaID=240869e8-71b1-4845-903f-339f405dca80) affirming a jury verdict for $8.5 million for Willie “David” Williams, a mechanic injured onboard Diamond Offshore’s drilling rig OCEAN LEXINGTON working offshore Egypt in 2008. Mr. Williams’s lawsuit included claims under the Jones Act, doctrine of unseaworthiness, and general maritime law. David Williams sustained disabling injuries to his spine when forced to make rushed emergency repairs to the rig’s drilling “elevators”. Diamond Offshore complained that the jury’s award, which included $3.4 million for future pain and suffering associated with David’s injuries and their ongoing impacts for the rest of his life, was excessive, although this amount is still less than the salary for a single year for Diamond Offshore’s CEO (http://insiders.morningstar.com/trading/executive-compensation.action?t=DO).
Doyle LLP Trial Lawyers has filed suit against Smith International, Inc. d/b/a Schlumberger (“Schlumberger”) for discriminatory conduct and retaliatory firing of Plaintiff. The improper actions on the part of the defendant stem from our client reporting an on the job injury claim. The actions alleged against the defendant are in direct violation of the Texas Labor Code.
Doyle LLP Trial Lawyers has initiated a suit against SpeedCo Inc. (“SpeedCo”) to address claims of negligence on the part of the defendant. Failure to perform proper maintenance and misrepresenting performed work on a truck serviced by a SpeedCo location in Mississippi led to an auto accident injuring our Plaintiffs.
Getting fair treatment for a workers’ compensation injury is often a difficult process requiring many parties to consistently act in the best interest of the injured worker. The complicated relationship between doctors, patients, and insurance companies grew even more muddled following the ruling of a Texas appellate court last week. The Dallas appeals court affirmed the district court’s dismissal on summary judgement of the legal case brought by Dr. John McConnell, a respected orthopedic surgeon, against the companies Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and Coventry Health Care. Dr, McConnell claimed that his health care provider contract was terminated after he spoke out against wrongful conduct of Liberty Mutual in delay/deny/dispute of critically needed care for his patients.