Discovery still ongoing in dockworker’s suit over fall off ladder

By David Yates | Apr 12, 2013

Discovery is still ongoing in litigation brought by Beaumont resident Clemente Flores Jr., who originally sued three companies for injuries he received after a ladder slipped, causing him to fall and break his leg. 

As previously reported, Flores, under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, filed his suit against BBC Chartering USA, H20 Production Systems and Boumans & Associates on Sept. 25, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on April 3 a certificate of written discovery was filed, showing that Universal Contractors, a party later added to the suit, served BBC with its second set of interrogatories, second request for production and request for disclosure to Flores.

According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 18, 2010, Flores, a Shippers Stevedoring employee, was working at the Port of Beaumont helping to unload a ship.

“Plaintiff was climbing up a ladder from the hold to the deck of the ship,” the suit states. “Even though two of plaintiff’s coworkers were holding the ladder, it slipped and plaintiff fell to the deck below.”

Flores claims he broke his leg in the fall. The broken bone developed an infection.

The suit accuses the defendants of failing to maintain the work area and failing to provide a safe place to work.

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

Beaumont attorney Steven Barkley represents him.

Universal Contractors is represented by Houston attorney David Medack of Heard & Medack.

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

Case No. A190-995

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