Oil worker files negligence claim against Exxon Mobil

By Kyla Asbury | May 27, 2018

A man has filed a lawsuit claiming he was injured while walking on an Exxon Mobil platform off the coast of Louisiana.

BATON ROUGE – A man has filed a lawsuit claiming he was injured while walking on an Exxon Mobil platform off the coast of Louisiana.

Billy D. Olivier filed the complaint May 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana alleging that Exxon Mobil created or permitted the existence of one or more unreasonably dangerous conditions on its fixed platform.

Olivier in court documents said he was walking on the platform, which was located in Mississippi Canyon Block 280 of the Gulf of Mexico and permanently affixed to the outer continental shelf off the coast of Louisiana, on Sept. 23 when he tripped and fell.

Olivier's foot was caught in an unmarked and unblocked opening in the surface, causing him to sustain personal injuries, according to court documents.

The plaintiff worked as an Operator 2 for Weatherford International and was working on Exxon Mobil's platform at the time of the incident.

Olivier claims Exxon Mobil failed to properly fix the platform and failed to provide a safe place for him and others to work.

Exxon Mobil also failed to hire and/or train personnel running and/or operating the fixed platform and failed to comply with government regulations, according to the complaint.

Olivier claims the defendant failed to comply with responsibilities relating to the maintenance and operation of the fixed platform, and that its negligence caused his injuries.

Olivier said he suffered loss of wages, loss of earning capacity and loss of fringe benefits; physical pain and suffering; mental pain and suffering; disability, disfigurement and/or loss of enjoyment of life; medical expenses and other damages.

Olivier seeks general and special damages and legal interest. He is represented by James Parkerson Roy, Andrew J. Quackenbos and John Parkerson Roy of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards of Lafayette.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, case number: 3:18-cv-00568

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