Discovery underway in falling crane suit against Jacobs Engineering

David Yates Jan. 25, 2012, 10:49am


Plaintiff Tommy Kelly recently responded to several discovery requests in his suit against the Jacobs Engineering Group, which alleges he tripped and injured his legs and knees while running from a tipping crane.

Kelly's suit was filed June 9 in Jefferson County District Court. Bechtel Corp. was later added as a defendant.

Court records show that a certificate of written discovery was filed Jan. 11.

The certificate shows that Kelly has provided:

  • A response to Bechtel's request for disclosure;

  • Answers to Jacob Engineering's and Bechtel's first set of interrogatories; and

  • The defendants' first request for production.

    The original complaint states that on Jan. 4, 2011, Kelly, a Becon Construction employee, was working at the Motiva refinery when a crane lifting a load began to tip over.

    "When it was apparent the crane was going to tip over, plaintiff and others started running for safety down a path of wooden mats," the suit states.

    "Plaintiff jumped to the side off the mats and down a distance of two feet. When plaintiff landed, he fell. He got up and could barley walk."

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

    He is represented by Lance Bradley, an attorney for the McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele & Chatelain law firm in Beaumont.

    Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

    Case No. E190-236

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