Local worker sues Atlantic Scaffold over injury at gas station

Kelly Holleran Feb. 1, 2010, 5:54am

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against the scaffolding company he says negligently failed to remove its materials from a gas station's premises, allegedly causing him injury.

Curtis Tinsley claims he was working for Exxon Mobil in Jefferson County on Oct. 28, 2008, when he was injured on scaffolding left behind by defendant Atlantic Scaffolding Company.

Tinsley does not specify how he was injured, but does say that he incurred medical costs, experienced physical pain and suffering and sustained mental anguish because of his injuries.

In addition, he lost earnings and sustained physical impairment, according to the complaint filed June 26 in Jefferson County District Court.

The suit alleges Atlantic Scaffolding negligently failed to inspect the premises to discover the dangerous condition, failed to correct the dangerous condition and failed to warn Tinsley of the dangerous condition.

Tinsley has received worker's compensation benefits, but is seeking medical costs from Atlantic Scaffolding as it will benefit Exxon's workers' compensation carrier, the complaint says.

"In fact had this suit not been brought, the insurance carrier would have surely lost any right to recover any of its funds expended upon Plaintiff herein," the suit states.

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

B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B185-804.

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