Owner of auto shop sued for man's burns

David Yates Nov. 22, 2011, 7:32am

Port Arthur local Paul Keithen, owner of A.K.'s Auto Shop, is being sued by his employee Bruce Digby, who was burned while pouring gas into an automobile.

The suit was filed Nov. 16 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 29 Digby was working at the auto shop's premises pouring gasoline into a vehicle's carburetor to prime the engine. At the same time, an auto shop employee would crank the engine after Digby stepped away.

"This was done several times," the suit states. "However, on the last occasion, the defendant's employee cranked the engine while Digby was still pouring..."

An explosion ensued, burning Digby, according to the complaint.

The suit states that Keithen is liable for his employee's negligent actions.

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

He is represented by attorney Curtis Leister of the Beaumont law firm Reaud, Morgan & Quinn.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B191-360

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