Chevron operator sues after suffering injuries when a water tank bursts

Michelle Keahey Jun. 22, 2012, 2:00am


NEW ORLEANS - A Chevron maintenance worker has filed a lawsuit claiming he was injured when a fiberglass water tank burst.

Joel C. Thibodeaux filed suit against Wellmate on May 30 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on July 5, 2011, as Thibodeaux was performing maintenance onboard a Chevron production platform, located on the outer continental shelf. He was attempting to determine the cause of a failure of onboard portable water pumps, a fiberglass water tank, when it burst.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to exercise due care in designing, developing, manufacturing, retailing, distributing, and selling the pressurized water tank, failing to include adequate warnings with the pressurized water tank that would alert Thibodeaux and other consumers to its potential risks and serious side effects, failing to adequately and properly test the pressurized water tank, failing to provide adequate warning to Thibodeaux that the use of the pressurized water tank carried a risk of serious side effects, and for failing to provide adequate post-marketing warnings or instructions.
The defendant is also accused of violating the Louisiana Products Liability Act.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for physical pain and mental anguish, lost earnings, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement, physical impairment, medical expenses, actual damages, court costs, and interest.

Thibodeaux is represented by David P. Wilson of Provost & Umphrey in Beaumont, Texas and Kenneth E. Badon of The Badon Law Firm in Lake Charles. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-01375

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