A roughneck’s job is by definition very dangerous. It consists of difficult, manual work which takes on a certain amount of risk. While a roughneck generally works on an oil rig, it can also apply to any other tough and demanding lines of work. A man from San Antonio was working as a roughneck in off the coast of Louisiana when he was injured. On July 23rd, Joshua Flores was on the Hercules 202, which is a jack-up rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In the course of fulfilling his job, he suffered back injuries. He was asked by his supervisor to stand on a ladder while replacing a valve. Due to the height of the valve, Flores had to stand near the top of the ladder. As he was not able to get a good angle to hold the valve, his body draped over the top of the ladder. When the old valve was finally taken off, the weight pulled Flores down over the ladder which subsequently injured his back. While his line of work assumes some risk, Flores is seeking to be compensated for his suffering by filing a personal injury suit. The defendant, Hercules Offshore Services, had the suit filed on September 6th in the Federal Court in New Orleans. Flores claims entail that his employer was negligent for many business reasons including failing to employ a satisfactory crew, inadequately training the crew they did employ, and failing to provide enough manpower to assist Flores in his task to replace the valve. In regards to his employment, Flores asserts that Hercules Offshore Services failed to supply safe working conditions, failed to warn Flores of any danger or harm he may receive, and failed to supply Flores with the equipment to protect him from any work-related injuries. After recovering from his back surgery, Flores has been suffering through his back pain and also being unable to perform his previous duties. In an effort to recover from this event, Flores is requesting compensation from Hercules Offshore Services. He is seeking damages including punitive damages, attorney’s fees, court costs, emotional distress, lost wages and lost capability to work. If you have been injured in the course of your employment, you may have a case against the negligent party. Contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in San Antonio who can assist you in your efforts.
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