CDI seeks to designate responsible party in injury suit

By David Yates | Nov 21, 2013

CDI Corp. has filed a motion for leave to designate responsible third party in an injury suit alleging a man’s foot was so badly crushed by a large flange that a toe had to be amputated.

As previously reported, Irwin Gomez and his wife Patricia filed suit against Houston Refining, LyondellBasell Acetyls, Lyondell Chemical, CDI Corp., CDI Engineering Solutions and Adam Durgan on May 23 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that defendants CDI and Durgan filed their motion on Nov. 5, asserting Gomez’s employer, Ohmstede Industrial, and its employees played a significant role in his injury.

According to the lawsuit, on May 24, 2011, Irwin was working as an independent contractor at a refinery owned by Houston Refining and/or Lyondell. Durgan and CDI were a go-between Irwin’s employer and the refinery.

He was injured when a large flange crushed his foot and toes. A toe had to be amputated.

The suit alleges Durgan had refused to allow Irwin’s employer to make the lift that injured him safer.

All of the defendants are accused of negligently failing to provide a safe workplace and correct a dangerous condition.

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

His wife is suing for loss of consortium.

Beaumont attorney Darren Brown of the Provost Umphrey Law Firm LLP represents them.

Houston attorney David Brothers of Brothers Alvarado PC represents CDI and Durgan.

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

Case No. A194-375

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