October trial over man's injuries from falling boat moved to April

David Yates Nov. 2, 2011, 7:00am

An agreed motion for continuance was recently granted in a suit alleging the defendant dropped a boat on a worker's leg.

As previously reported, Ricky Alan Hill filed suit against James McKellar on Aug. 23, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court, claiming McKellar hired him to clear land in Nome.

On June 21 an agreed motion for continuance and motion for entry of discovery control plan was filed in the case, asking the court to remove the case from the October docket and place it on the April docket.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, granted the motion for continuance, which states that the more time was needed for discovery, on June 24, court papers say.

Court records show that McKellar didn't answered Hill's amended petition until April 15. The answer asserted that Hill was an independent contractor who was not under his supervision.

McKellar did not answer the first suit. The petition was amended and reserved on March 17, court papers say.

In his answer, McKellar asserts a general denial and claims the incident was "unavoidable."

According to the complaint, the incident occurred when Hill tried to help move a boat on McKellar's land.

"Chris McKellar pushed the boat and a landing gear failed," the suit states. "The boat fell on Ricky Alan Hill trapping him underneath."

Because of the incident, Hill had to undergo surgery to fix his left leg and experienced physical pain, suffering and anguish, the complaint says.

Hill seeks a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Scott Renick of Beaumont represents him.

Germer Gertz attorney James Henges of Beaumont represents McKeller.

Case No. A187-726

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