Woman blames Marathon for injury at refinery

By Ashley Perry | Nov 19, 2014

A Galveston County woman filed suit against a petroleum company after allegedly sustaining injuries due to a fall during a business visit.

Molly Swallow filed a complaint Oct. 3 in Galveston County District Court against Maxim Crane Works, Maxim Works and Marathon Petroleum Company, citing negligence and liability.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 9 the plaintiff was walking across an unsecured crane mat at Marathon Petroleum's Galveston refinery. The crane mat was intended to secure a crane but the mat was not properly secured, according to the the plaintiff.

Swallow alleges the unsecured mat caused her to slip and fall and led to severe personal injuries that required surgery and physical therapy.

The plaintiff alleges the company had a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all entering the premises, including herself. The plaintiff also alleges the defendant had a responsibility to warn all entering the premises of possible safety hazards.

Swallow seeks damages deemed fair by the court, plus court costs. She is represented by attorneys William R. Ogden, Kyle W. Farrar and David Romagosa of Farrar & Ball of Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number: 14-CV-1062

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