Worker sues employer over wrist injuries

Michelle Massey Jun. 30, 2010, 4:31am

The lead man on an oilfield construction crew is suing his employer because of injuries he says he suffered at work.

Charlie Teele filed suit against Davis Petroleum Corp., Royal Production Company, Inc. and Mack Oil Co. June 23 in federal court in New Orleans.

Teele says the injuries happened in July 2009 when his employer, Davis Petroleum, was contracted to provide and perform services aboard an inland oil and gas production platform. Teele says he and his crew were changing out a downcomer on the production platform when it released a pressure burst, severely injuring Teele's hand and wrist. He says he will need to undergo fusion surgery in the near future because of the damage done to the wrist.

The plaintiff argues the defendants are negligent and vicariously liable by allowing an unreasonably dangerous condition in their platform and its downcomer.

Teele is seeking more than $2 million in damages for medical expenses, permanent disability, loss of past wages, income and employment related benefits, loss of earning capacity, enjoyment of life, personal expenses, mental pain and suffering, interest and court costs.

New Orleans attorneys Berney L. Strauss and Rhett E. King of Strauss & King are representing Teele.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv01807

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