A slip-and-fall lawsuit against Omega Protein has been slated for a July trial.

As previously reported, seaman Steven Folts filed a Jones Act suit against Omega Protein on May 8 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging it was the company’s fault he slipped on oil.

Court records show that on Oct. 23 a discovery control plan order was entered in the case, asserting that the case be mediated before or on June 17 or face a July trial.

According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 1, 2011, Folts was employed by Omega Protein and serving aboard the Timbailer Bay when he slipped on oil and hydraulic fluids, injuring his head and neck.

Although the suit does not state what Folts was doing at the time of his injury, the suit does allege the defendant negligently failed maintain the vessel and supervise the crew.

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

Houston attorney Kurt Arnold of Arnold & Itkin represents the plaintiff.

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

Case No. A192-423

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