On July 9, 2004, our 45-year-old client was working as a roughneck on a Parker Drilling offshore jack-up rig in the Gulf of Mexico. On that date, another employee failed to control the speed of a joint of drilling pipe, and it unexpectedly came through the V-door, an opening in the derrick. When the pipe threw our client to the floor, he suffered back strain. He was given pain medication and sent back to work.
Two weeks later, he quit his employment with Parker Drilling. Because he continued to experience pain in his neck and back, he consulted an orthopedic surgeon in San Antonio. Imaging tests found herniated discs in his neck and back. Steroid injections failed to control the pain, and the doctor recommended a series of surgeries.
The injured man also found that his condition made it impossible to work. A vocational rehabilitation consultant determined that the back injury had left the man completely disabled from work and that this impairment will last for the rest of his life.
After hiring Brian A. Beckcom as his attorney, the man sued sued Parker Drilling Co. of Houston under the Jones Act, claiming that the injuries he sustained were caused by the negligence and gross negligence of Parker Drilling.
The case was settled in 10 months for a confidential amount, three weeks before the scheduled start of trial.