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Curtis settles oilfield injury case against Nabors Drilling

Case Conclusion Date: 06.06.2013

Practice Area: Personal injury

Outcome: $350,000

Description: A worker employed as a casing hand by Express Energy Services was on a job at a land-based oil rig operated by Nabors Drilling in Gillette, Texas. The worker was flagging a Nabors employee who was using a crane to move a pipe from the V door to the rig floor. The Nabors crane operater improperly maneuvered the load, causing it to hit the worker's left arm. The worker had surgery to his arm, requiring the placement of hardware. The worker missed 6 months of work, then returned to his job with Express Energy Services. All of the medical bills were paid by workers compensation. The worker hired our law firm, and we filed this third party work injury lawsuit in Harris County, Texas. One of the main defenses asserted by Nabors Drilling was Chapter 95 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. Our attorneys defeated this defense by showing that Nabors had "actual knowledge of the danger or condition resulting in" the injury, and "failed to adequately warn." Specifically, through written discovery and deposition testimony, our lawyers proved that Nabors was having problems with its crane before this incident, in that it would get "stuck" at times. Nabors knew about this problem, but never fixed it. After significant work on this case, we settled it for $350,000. Our client, a 26 year old oil field worker, lives in El Campo, Texas with his wife and 6 month old daughter. This young family was very pleased with this settlement, and they are very fortunate that this young man returned to his job and will be able to continue to provide for his family

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