Injured worker’s employer found to be a responsible third party

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2012

Hit Services and Fagen Inc. successfully designated plaintiff Hiawatha Ryan Jr.’s employer, Safety First, as a responsible third party to the injured worker’s suit. 

Ryan’s suit was filed Sept. 15, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, even though he already received worker’s compensation for the alleged injury.

The lawsuit alleges Ryan was injured on Oct. 10, 2009, while in the employment of Safety First – a company subcontracted by the defendants at the time of the incident.

On July 31 the defendants filed a joint motion for leave to designate a responsible third party, asserting Safety First failed to properly train and supervise Ryan, court records show.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, granted the motion on Oct. 25.

The suit also states that Ryan received worker’s comp and medical benefits following the incident.

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

Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell in Beaumont represents him.

Case No. A190-918

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