Platform operator sued by worker over injuries

Michelle Massey Dec. 7, 2010, 1:40am

A Mississippi man has filed a lawsuit against the operators of an oil platform after he was injured due to tripping and falling on a deck patch.

Stanley Steven English and Ginny English filed suit against Apache Corp. on Nov. 29 in federal court in New Orleans.

The accident occurred on Sept. 27 as Stanley English was employed by Linear Controls, working aboard the Main Pass 69-G, a fixed platform owned and operated by the defendant. English states he suffered serious and disabling injuries when he tripped on a steel deck patch and fell, hitting a well control panel.

English claims he injured his head, knees, neck and back due to the incident.

Apache Corp. is accused of negligence for failing to inspect, operate and maintain the premises, equipment and appurtenances in a safe and reasonable manner and for failing to exercise due care and caution commensurate with the circumstances.

Stanley English is seeking damages for mental and physical pain and suffering, permanent disability, loss of wages, impairment of earning capacity, medical expenses, interest and court costs. Ginny English is seeking damages for loss of consortium, loss of society and loss of services.

The plaintiffs are represented by Laurence E. Best and Peter S. Koeppel of Best Koeppel Traylor in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10-cv-04419

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