Seeking damages in excess of $1 million several workers have banded together and filed suit against ExxonMobil, claiming they were injured in the explosion at the area facility last month.

Plaintiffs Christopher Smith, Ty Smith, Chad McDonald, Dustin Creekmore, Eduardo Pena, Alexxus Humphrey, Joshua Bordelon and Shedrick Nolen filed the suit April 25 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on April 17 the plaintiffs were contracted employees working at the ExxonMobil facility in Beaumont when an explosion occurred in a heat exchanger unit.

A fire had erupted from the unit, causing serious injuries to all the plaintiffs, the suit states.

The suit further alleges ExxonMobil negligently and carelessly failed to properly test and monitor the unit and warn them of the dangerous condition.

The plaintiffs are suing for their alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Local media has reported that one of the injured men, Dustin Creekmore, died from his injuries on April 27.

Beaumont attorney Walter Umphrey of Provost Umphrey represents them.

One day after the explosion, Beaumont attorney Glen Morgan of Reaud Morgan & Quinn filed a lawsuit on behalf of Salvador Martinez Jr., a contract employee also working at Motiva at the time of the explosion. Morgan filed Martinez's suit on April 18 in Jefferson County District Court (Case No. D194-255).

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E194-278

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