Final judgment entered in suit over lack of slip-proof stairs

David Yates Jul. 23, 2012, 12:22pm

In September 2010, Port Arthur resident Marlon Frazier filed suit against BASF Fina Petrochemicals and Total Petrochemicals, alleging they should have equipped their facilities with a "slip-proof staircase."

On June 8 a final judgment was entered in the case, stating Frazier recover nothing from BASF, court paper say.

The judgment, signed by Judge Donald Floyd of the 172nd District Court, states that the parties announced to the court that the dispute had been compromised and settled.

According to the plaintiff's original petition, on Jan. 12, 2010, Frazier was working at the companies' Port Arthur facilities when he "slipped and fell on an iron staircase that was not slip proof or otherwise made safe."

"As a result, Frazier seriously injured his knee," the suit states. "This could have been prevented had the defendants remedied the dangerous condition."

Frazier was seeking damages for his alleged mental anguish, impairment, pain, lost wages and medical expenses.

Beaumont attorney Dan Ducote Jr. of the Moore Landrey law firm represents him.

Germer Gertz attorney Karen Bennett of Beaumont represents BASF.

Case No. E188-400

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