Man claims chemical release caused loss of consciousness

Kelly Holleran Jul. 19, 2010, 6:53am

A Hardin County man claims he suffered debilitating injuries after he inhaled a chemical and fell 22 feet.

Michael Broussard filed a lawsuit July 2 in Jefferson County District Court against Allied Gulf Energy.

Broussard claims he worked for Harbor America on Feb. 12 on the premises of the Clubb Oil Tanker, which was owned by Allied, when he was exposed to toxic, harmful chemical releases that caused him to lose consciousness.

After passing out, Broussard tumbled from the top of the oil tank down stairs about 22 feet, the suit states.

Because of his fall, Broussard experienced physical pain and mental anguish, lost earnings, suffered damage to his earning capacity, suffered disfigurement and physical impairment and incurred medical costs, the complaint says.

Broussard blames Allied for causing his fall, saying it negligently failed to warn of a dangerous condition, failed to properly maintain its premises in a safe condition, failed to correct a dangerous situation and allowed a toxic and harmful chemical release.

Broussard seeks an unspecified judgment, plus costs, interest and other relief to which he may be entitled.

Matthew C. Matheny of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing him.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: B187-205.

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