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Jury Awards $44 Million Verdict to Family Members of Worker Who Died in Refinery Accident

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In September 2018, a Jefferson County jury awarded $44 million to surviving family members of Miguel Barron.

Miguel died on May 11, 2016, while working as a rigger at the Beaumont Exxon refinery during turnaround operations. His crew was in the process of removing a 32,000-pound heat exchanger that was on an elevated platform. During the process, a crane caused the heat exchanger to make contact with a 1,000-pound pipe, which then fell onto Miguel, crushing him to death.

After a two week trial and three days of deliberations, the jury awarded a $44,370,000 verdict. The jury found ExxonMobil 45% responsible, B&G Crane Services (the company hired to perform the crane work) 45% responsible, and AltairStrickland Inc. (Miguel's employer that had been hired to perform the rigging work) 10% responsible.

Miguel left behind three daughters, both of his parents, and two brothers - both of whom were working as riggers with him on the day of the incident.

For over 68 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed as a result of a workplace accident, it is important to understand your right to recover. Our attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation their clients. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 1-800-594-4884 for your free consultation.

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