Discovery proceeding in suit over falling stack of materials

David Yates Jan. 18, 2012, 7:00am

Discovery is proceeding in a lawsuit seeking medical costs incurred after a pile of stacked materials fell on the plaintiff's left arm at work.

Michael Chad Stutes filed a lawsuit June 14 in Jefferson County District Court against AZZ Inc.

Court records show that on Nov. 7 a certificate of discovery was filed in the case, stating that AZZ served the following:

  • Defendant's responses to plaintiff's request for disclosure;

  • Defendant's responses to plaintiff's request for production;

  • And defendant's answers to plaintiff's first set of interrogatories coupled with request for admissions to plaintiff.

    In his suit, Stutes claims he was working at the premises of AZZ Inc., a manufacturer of galvanized electrical and industrial products, at 5898 Industrial Road in Beaumont on May 18.

    Stutes, who was there to pick up supplies, was helping a forklift driver to load materials onto Stutes's trailer when the incident occurred, according to the complaint.

    "Plaintiff alleges that without warning the driver of the forklift caused the materials to fall, and that such materials fell upon Plaintiff's left hand and arm," the suit states.

    Stutes seeks an unspecified judgment, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

    Tommy L. Yeates of Moore and Landrey in Beaumont represents him.

    Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, is assigned to the case.

    Case No. B190-273

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