A Galveston man filed a lawsuit in the Galveston County District Court against Del Monte Fresh Produce (Texas) Inc., and Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. (collectively "Del Monte") for injuries suffered while working as a crewmember aboard the M/V Star Leader vessel. The incident causing the crewmember's injuries took place in May of 2019 and the lawsuit was filed a few short months later.
It is no secret that working offshore can be very dangerous work. Because the maritime industry has been around for centuries, the law in the United States has been able to develop so that there are a lot of rules and regulations governing the responsibilities maritime companies must uphold to keep their offshore workers safe. These companies have the advantage of knowing their responsibilities, but that doesn't mean they share this knowledge with their employees. What that means is that many maritime workers who become injured do not know their rights and simply trust in their employer to "do the right thing."
Hot weather can be fatal when companies don't provide their employees enough training, supervision, or equipment for the conditions.
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Jonathan Sneed have reached a confidential settlement against Gilbane Building Company, Sunstate Equipment Company, LLC., and Derik Ben Matejka, regarding a construction accident that occurred on July 26, 2016. The settlement agreement brings about a positive conclusion to the lawsuit seeking compensation for severe and permanent injuries Benjamin Portillo suffered after he was run over by a 9,000-pound truck at a Texas A&M University construction site.
In Texas, a worker dies at his or her workplace every day. In 2017, a worker in Texas died on the job on average every sixteen hours. These workers died as a result of electrocution, asphyxiation, falls, exposure to toxins, equipment malfunctions, heatstroke, and automobile collisions. Further, in that same year, the workplace death toll was greater than the number of murders in Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Austin combined, making 2017 the most dangerous year for workers in Texas in two decades.
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Jonathan Sneed have reached a confidential settlement against Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc., regarding a fatal incident that occurred on April 30, 2013. The settlement brings a favorable end to the family's lawsuit seeking compensation for the negligence of the company that resulted in the death of their loved one.
A dump truck worker sustained injuries on January 10, 2019 after a ladder malfunctioned on the dump truck he was operating. The worker filed a lawsuit on April 16, 2019 in Harris County against Strong Industries, Inc. ("Strong"), the designer and manufacturer of the dump truck.
Working offshore or on vessels usually means you have a relatively good income to take care of yourself or your family. Life doesn't stop after you've been injured. If your offshore income is what keeps your bills at bay and house afloat, its easy to want to place faith in your employer after you get injured on the job. The problem is that your employer wants you to trust them for the wrong reasons.
Drilling for oil is an inherently dangerous job, with a fatality rate nearly five times that of all industries in the United States combined. As the oil and gas industry continues rising, the number of people employed increase-along with production pressures and the temptation to cut corners. In Texas, oil and gas firms employ over 2,400 more people than they did a year ago, putting more people in the path of explosive gases, dangerous machinery, and cancer-causing chemicals.
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Kelly Viktorin have reached a confidential settlement against Church's Chicken regarding an incident that occurred on August 1, 2016. On this particular day, two of Mr. Agosto's clients were working at a Church's Chicken when the kitchen floor collapsed into the crawl space beneath, causing the industrial deep fryers of hot grease to fall on top of them.