Judge orders Gulf Coast Machine into mediation in trip & fall suit

David Yates Sep. 22, 2015, 4:41pm


A Beaumont judge has ordered Gulf Coast Machine and Supply into mediation 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, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the company negligently failed to warn him of the steel beam in his path.

On Sept. 3 Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, signed off on an order granting the plaintiff’s motion for mediation.

The parties have agreed that Dan Ducote will serve as the mediator and a date set for Oct. 8, 2015.

According to the original petition, 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.

Valerie Douglas is representing his estate. She 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 the plaintiff.

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.

Case No. B192-665

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