Outcome of trip & fall suit against Motiva, others to be continued

By David Yates | Aug 28, 2012

Following a Monday hearing, the outcome of litigation brought by Wilford Thibodeaux, who claims he fell while at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, will be determined at a later date.

As previously reported, Thibodeaux filed suit against Motiva, Jacobs Engineering Group, Bechtel Corp. and Bacon Construction on Jan. 21 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on July 27, 2011, Thibodeaux amended his petition for the third time, adding Rubb Inc. as a defendant.

On Aug. 2 the plaintiff filed a motion for leave, stating that more time was needed for discovery.

A hearing on the matter was held Aug. 27. A court official told the Southeast Texas Record that the parties were going to submit an amended discovery control plan.

Court records show that the defendants have motions for summary on judgment on file.

Thibodeaux was injured on Jan. 6, 2010. He claims he was an invitee at the defendants' premises at 2555 Savannah Ave. when he fell "due to a dangerous condition," the suit states.

In his suit, Thibodeaux alleges the defendants negligently failed to inspect the premises for dangerous conditions and warn him of the danger.

He is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Jonathan Juhan represents him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A189-212

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