Groin rash, hurt back lead to suit against ExxonMobil

David Yates Feb. 6, 2008, 4:11am

Chad Pinkerton

After Johnny Philip Brown slipped and fell into some water at a petrochemical facility, he developed a disturbing red rash on his genitals.

Brown claims the water was contaminated and that ExxonMobil and other companies "acted with malice and conscious disregard for human safety," and are negligent for failing to provide him a safe place to work.

Brown's suit was filed with the Jefferson County District Court on Jan. 31, and also names ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. and Amec Paragon Inc. as defendants.

An Air Resources employee, Brown was working on an ExxonMobil pipeline in Jefferson County on Nov. 28, 2007, as a welding inspector "when he slipped and fell on a wooden pallet that was on the ground."

"During the fall, Brown's right foot was twisted behind his body," the suit said. "Ultimately, Plaintiff ended up in the water, which was contaminated. Several co-workers witnessed the accident, including the project supervisor who insisted that he get medical attention and report the incident."

Brown was treated for his injuries and it was determined he injured his back, the suit said.

"In additional to his back injury, Plaintiff developed a red rash in his groin as a result of falling in the contaminated water," the suit said. "One worker witnessed this rash in the change room, commenting that the water must have caused it."

Brown is suing for exemplary and actual damages, plus all court costs.

He is demanding a trial by jury and is represented by Chad Pinkerton of The Pinkerton Law Firm in Webster. The firm's Web site states that Chad is a direct descendant of Allen Pinkerton, who formed the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1852, the first detective agency in the U.S.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th Judicial District.

Case No. A181-150

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