A man has filed a personal injury suit against Diamond Offshore Drilling, claiming he suffered injuries in a 4-foot fall while working on the company’s oil rig.

According to the suit he filed on March 23 in Texas’ Jefferson County District Court, Jesus Perez was working on Ocean Washington, a semi-submersible oil rig and platform, on March 28, 2007 when he fell into an opening that was caused by grading that was defective and had been misplaced.

The suit says that at the time of the incident, the rig was docked at the Signal International Shipyard in Sabine, Texas to undergo repairs.

Perez was employed by Prime Electrical Services, which had been hired by Diamond Offshore Drilling to conduct repairs on the rig when the incident took place.

Perez claims the fall caused him to suffer injuries to his left hand, arm, shoulder, and neck, incur medical costs, and experience past and future physical impairment, lost earning capacity, mental anguish, physical pain, and suffering.

Perez seeks unspecified damages.

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