Jones Act suit filed against R.L. Eldridge Construction

David Yates May 11, 2011, 5:57am

Claiming he was injured while hooking up a cable to a barge two years ago, Groves resident Charles Landry has filed suit against R.L. Eldridge Construction.

Under the Jones Act, Landry filed the suit May 4 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to his petition, on May 5, 2009, Landry was in the course and scope of his employment with R.L. Eldridge Construction when he was injured while hooking a cable to a barge.

"Plaintiff felt immediate pain after the incident," the suit states. "The severe and permanent injuries suffered by plaintiff were negligently caused by defendant."

The suit accuses R.L. Eldridge Construction of negligently failing to provide a safe workplace and keeping the barge in an unseaworthy condition.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Beaumont attorney Brian Sutton represents him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A189-942

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