Rig worker sues drilling company over 4-foot fall

Kelly Holleran Mar. 26, 2009, 10:10am

A man has filed suit against Diamond Offshore Drilling, alleging he was injured after he fell 4 feet while working on the company's oil rig.

Jesus Perez claims he was working on a semi-submersible oil rig and platform called Ocean Washington on March 28, 2007, when he fell into an opening caused by misplaced and defective grading, according to the complaint filed March 23 in Jefferson County District Court.

The rig had been docked at the Signal International Shipyard in Sabine for repair, the suit states.

Perez was working for Prime Electrical Services, which was hired by Diamond Offshore Drilling, to perform repair work at the time of the incident.

Because of his fall, Perez claims he injured his left hand, arm, shoulder and neck, incurred medical expenses and suffered a past and future physical impairment.

He also experienced a loss of his past and future earning capacity and past and future mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, according to the complaint.

Perez is seeking unspecified damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to which he may be entitled.

He is represented by Wayne Colodny of the Law Offices of Richard Pena.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D183-0604.

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