Ty Book is suing Baker Hughes Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Beaumont Division over injures he allegedly sustained while working for Hughes.
In his complaint, filed Feb. 5, Book says he was injured in May 2012 while drilling for oil.
According to Book, he was helping to pull a drill out of the ground when the pipe bent and caught his right hand in the pipe.
The accident allegedly caused a sever avulsion to Book's right thumb.
Book says the injury ended his oil drilling career and he can no longer undertake work which requires heavy lifting with his right hand.
Book says his career options are limited without the full use of his right hand. Book thinks his injuries have caused him to miss out on about $3,500,000 during the next 47 years of his working life.
Book is seeking $3.5 million in damages.
He is being represented by attorney Steven C. Barkley.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Case No. 1:14-CV-00085
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