Moreno v. Hilcorp and A&R Demolition

John Christopher Ramsey

Case Conclusion Date:November 12, 2010

Practice Area:Oil - Gas

Outcome:$19,890,000 verdict

Description:Luis Moreno and his crew were called to salvage valves from an abandoned gas plant in Edna, Texas. The owner had cleaned and purged the lines prior to their arrival. After working on the project for over a week, Luis encountered residual hydrocarbons in one of the pipes. An explosion occurred and he was engulfed in flames. He suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 60% of his body and spent almost two months in the burn unit at UTMB in Galveston. The case was tried for four weeks in the 55th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas.