Newtron argues it’s immune from Motiva employee’s claim he was stepped on

By David Yates | Jan 7, 2015

Newtron LLC recently filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing it is immune from a suit brought by a refinery worker claiming injuries after one of the company’s employees stepped on him.

On April 2 Therold Palmer filed suit against Newtron and its subsidiaries in Jefferson County District Court, citing negligence.

In his suit, Palmer claims he was injured on Sept. 26, 2013, at the Motiva plant in Port Arthur, when a Newtron employee who was descending from a scaffold stepped him on.

Court records show that on Oct. 23 Newtron filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing it and Motiva had entered into a procurement agreement for services under which Motiva provided workers' compensation, rendering the company immune from the lawsuit.

“Accordingly, plaintiff’s sole remedy against Newtron is the recovery of worker’s compensation benefits, and plaintiff’s claims should be dismissed,” the motion states.

No ruling on the motion is on file as of Jan. 7, court records show.

The suit alleges the defendant didn’t provide a safe work environment, didn’t supervise or train employees or provide adequate safety equipment, resulting in Palmer injuring his neck and other parts of his body.

Palmer is seeking damages in the amount of the jurisdictional minimum, interest, attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Houston attorneys Jason A. Itkin, Cory D. Itkin and Noah M. Wexler of Arnold and Itkin LLP are representing him in the case.

Newtron is represented by Randy Donato, attorney for the Houston law firm Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool.

Jefferson County District Court Case No. A195-552

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