A laborer has sued several oil companies for alleged breach of duty for injuries incurred.

Jose Enriquez filed a lawsuit Dec. 30, 2014, in Galveston County District Court against Weatherford International, Baker Hughes Inc., Houston Oil Producing Enterprises Inc., Big H Directional Drilling Company  Inc. and James A. Herring, citing negligence.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 25, 2013, Enriquez suffered broken ribs, a torn aorta and other injuries when industrial tools swung free of a drill and struck him in the chest while he was working on a drill site in High Island.

The suit says the defendants failed to ensure work safety and is guilty of: negligent hiring, supervision and training; gross negligence; and failure to provide adequate machinery, inspection and maintenance, in violations of Texas civil practice and code.

Enriquez says he experienced pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity and wages, disfigurement and medical expenses.

The plaintiff seeks: monetary relief exceeding $1 million; attorney fees; expenses; and costs. He is represented by attorneys Robert Hilliard, Catherine Tobin, John Martinez, Austin Webber and Neely Balko of Hilliard Munoz Gonzales in Corpus Christi, and E. Chevo Pastrano and Ginna Pastrano of The Pastrano Law Firm in Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number: 14-CV-1358


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