Discovery still proceeding in suit against ExxonMobil over refinery fire

David Yates Nov. 20, 2013, 2:06pm

Discovery is still proceeding in litigation brought over a fire at ExxonMobil.

In April, the Record reported that several workers, who are seeking damages in excess of $1 million, filed suit against ExxonMobil, claiming they were injured in a fire at the area facility. 

Court records show that on Sept. 26 ExxonMobil submitted its answers to plaintiff Eduardo Pena’s first set of interrogatories.

The first group of injured workers — Christopher Smith, Ty Smith, Chad McDonald, Eduardo Pena, Alexxus Humphrey, Joshua Bordelon and Shedrick Nolen — filed suit April 25 in Jefferson County District Court.

Beaumont attorney Walter Umphrey of Provost Umphrey represents them.

According to the lawsuit, on April 17 the plaintiffs were contract employees working at the ExxonMobil facility in Beaumont when a fire broke out in a heat exchanger unit.

The fire erupted from the unit, causing serious injuries to all the plaintiffs, the suit states.

The suit further alleges ExxonMobil negligently and carelessly failed to properly test and monitor the unit and warn them of the dangerous condition.

The plaintiffs are suing for their alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

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

Case No. E194-278

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