Continuance granted in suit against Entergy over downed power line

David Yates Jul. 2, 2013, 1:12pm

Last April, Beaumont police officer Ronnie Freeman sued Entergy Texas, alleging the power company failed to secure the area after a motorist struck an electrical pole, causing an explosion and a power line to fall and strike him.

As previously reported, the petition was filed April 27, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court. 

Court records show that on Oct. 24 a discovery control plan order was entered in the case, calling for the litigation to be mediated on or before May 13 or face a trial in June 2013.

However, on May 1 Freeman filed a motion for continuance, asserting more time was needed for discovery and to take depositions.

The motion asks the court to move the trial to the court’s December 2013 docket.

On May 29 an agreed amended discovery control plan order was entered in the case, placing the suit on the court’s November trial docket.

The petition alleges that on May 12, 2010, officer Freeman responded to a collision at Harrison and 11th Street in Beaumont. Entergy also responded since a pole suspending electrical lines had been struck.

While directing traffic, and explosion occurred, causing an electrical line to fall and strike Freeman.

The suit alleges Entergy negligently failed to barricade the site and warn the officer of the danger.

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

He is represented by the Beaumont Law Offices of Gilbert T. Adams.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A192-374

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