Pipe deliveryman settles injury suit over dropped pipe

By David Yates | Jul 13, 2012


Plaintiff John Stelly has settled his suit with a defendant Royce Long, who allegedly injured Stelly while helping to carry a heavy pipe.

As previously reported, Stelly filed suit against Long and his business, Long's Trailer Repair, on Feb. 11, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, claiming he hurt his back because Long dropped his end of the pipe.

On July 9 an agreed order of dismissal was entered in the case, stating that the parties have reached a settlement.

The settlement amount is not disclosed.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, dismissed the case with prejudice, court papers say.

According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 3, 2009, Stelly, while in the employment of Superior Supply & Steel, was delivering pipe to Long.

The two were carrying the pipe when Long "suddenly and without warning dropped his end of the pipe," allegedly injuring Stelly's back, the suit states.

Stelly claimed in his suit that Long owed him a duty to unload and carry the pipe in a safe manner.

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

Beaumont attorney Tom Oxford of Waldman Smallwood represents Stelly.

Long is represented by Andrew Schulz, attorney for the Austin law firm Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom.

Case No. E189-351

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