R.L. Eldridge Construction non-suited from Jones Act suit

David Yates Feb. 2, 2012, 7:00am

R.L. Eldridge Construction has been non-suited from a Jones Act suit filed by an injured worker.

As previously reported, Groves resident Charles Landry filed suit against R.L. Eldridge Construction on May 4 in Jefferson County District Court, claiming he was injured while hooking up a cable to a barge two years ago.

Two weeks later, Landry filed a notice of non-suit, court records show.

On June 3 Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, dismissed the defendant without prejudice.

The original petition states that on May 5, 2009, Landry was in the course and scope of his employment with R.L. Eldridge Construction when he was injured while hooking a cable to a barge.

"Plaintiff felt immediate pain after the incident," the suit states. "The severe and permanent injuries suffered by plaintiff were negligently caused by defendant."

R.L. Eldridge Construction was accused of negligently failing to provide a safe workplace and keeping the barge in an unseaworthy condition.

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

Beaumont attorney Brian Sutton represented him.

Case No. A189-942

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