Injured oil rig worker sues for $6 million

Michelle Massey May 3, 2010, 5:53am


Injured during the explosion and resulting fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, electronics technician Michael Williams is suing for more than $6 million in damages.

Williams filed a personal injury lawsuit against Transocean, Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Transocean Deepwater, BP, BP Products North America, BP Exploration & Production and Halliburton Energy Services on April 29 in the federal court in New Orleans.

Williams states that he was performing his assigned crew member duties when the explosion occurred. He claims he suffered "severe, painful, permanently disabling and physically disfiguring injuries to his body, as well as severe and permanent psychic and emotional trauma."

He claims the rig was unseaworthy and unfit for job tasks.

Halliburton is accused of improperly and negligently cementing the well and well cap, which caused the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, the suit claims.

BP is accused of negligently managing, controlling, supervising and directing the oil rig, which created an "ultrahazardous situation."

In addition to the request of $6 million for personal injuries and loss of earning capacity, Williams also is seeking an award of punitive damages.

New Orleans attorney Paul M. Sterbcow of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson is representing Williams.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. is assigned to the case.

Case No 2:10cv01243

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