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Petroleum company sued for a contractor's injury

According to a lawsuit filed in the Galveston County District Court, a Texas man suffered severe injury as a result of an explosion at his work site. The man says that the work injury occurred at the refinery where he was working because a flare line was not isolated properly.

The lawsuit was filed on March 28. It named the petroleum company where he was contracted as the defendant and cited "gross negligence" as the reason for his injuries. He says that he was sent to the site to work on a flare line. On Feb. 21, an explosion caused the worker to suffer serious injuries. He says that the other employees who were on the job site did not give him proper aid when he was injured.

In addition to the injured worker claiming that the line was not properly isolated, the injured employee also says that the refinery misinformed him that the job did not require any special tools or protective equipment. He has retained counsel in the case and is asking for punitive damages to be determined by the court.

Individuals who are injured while working may decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party that is liable for the accident. In many cases, employees are required to submit their claims through the workers' compensation system, which provides for wage replacement, medical expenses and sometimes pain and suffering damages. However, when a worker is injured and his employer is not the liable party, he or she may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. This may be the case when independent contractors are involved. These types of lawsuits may permit other types of damages, such as punitive damages.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Marathon Petroleum sued after worker injured in explosion", Annie Cosby, April 02, 2014

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