Gulf Coast Machine makes second request for production in injury suit

David Yates May 29, 2013, 1:38pm

Gulf Coast Machine and Supply recently made a second request for production in a personal injury lawsuit.

As previously reported, Selwin Douglas filed a trip-and-fall lawsuit against Gulf Coast Machine and Supply on July 10 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the company negligently failed to warn him of the steel beam in his path. 

On April 16 Gulf Coast Machine filed a certificate of discovery, showing the company served the plaintiff with its second request for production, court papers say.

Court records further show Indemnity Insurance Company of North America filed a plea in intervention on Aug. 20, stating that it paid medical and income benefits on behalf of Douglas following the incident – benefits the company seeks to recover.

Indemnity Insurance is requesting the court protect its subrogation interest should Douglas settle the suit or receive a monetary judgment.

According to the lawsuit, on March 11, 2011, Douglas was working at Gulf Coast Machine’s Jefferson County premises as a contract employee when he tripped and fell over a steel beam.

Douglas alleges Gulf Coast Machine negligently left the beam in a walkway and failed to warn him of its presence.

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

Curtis Leister, attorney for the Beaumont law firm Reaud, Morgan & Quinn, represents him.

Germer Gertz attorney Karen Bennett of Beaumont represents Gulf Coast Machine.

Indemnity Insurance is represented by attorney David Brenner of the Austin law firm Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner.

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

Case No. B192-665

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