Motiva submits discovery request in crane collapse suit

David Yates Dec. 12, 2011, 6:27am

Motiva Enterprises and Becon Construction recently submitted a discovery request to plaintiff Jose Alonso, who sued for injuries he received when a crane collapsed at the refinery.

As previously reported, the suit was filed Sept. 6 in Jefferson County District Court.

On Dec. 1 the defendant companies filed a certificate of discovery, stating that Alonso's counsel was served with their first set of interrogatories, request for production and request for disclosure.

Court records show that on Jan. 4 Alonso was working inside the Motiva refinery at Port Arthur when a crane lifting pipes fell backwards and collided with power lines.

This is not the only suit filed against Motiva over the crane collapse.

Plaintiff Luis Guajardo also filed a suit Sept. 14 in Jefferson County District Court for injuries he received when the crane collapsed at the refinery.

In that case, Guajardo filed a notice of non-suit on Oct. 5, requesting that the defendants be dismissed without prejudice.

In this case, Alonso is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Houston attorney Robert Ammons represents him.

The defendants are represented by Nicholas Baldo, attorney for the Beaumont law firm Stevens Baldo Freeman & Lighty.

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

Case No. A190-853

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