Thursday, July 03, 2008

Mathews man awarded $6 million in Jones Act injury lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge awarded nearly $6 million in damages to a Mathews offshore worker who was burned over half of his body by a steaming chemical solution more than two years ago, when a hose burst aboard the ship he was working on in the Gulf of Mexico. Raymond Billiot Jr., a 37-year-old former maintenance technician for Schlumberger Technology Corp., was aboard the Deep Stim II, owned by Galliano-based Offshore Service Vessels, on May 9, 2006, when a rubber-hose fitting melted, dousing him with hot zinc bromide, his lawyer said. The chemical solution is pumped into drilling holes to allow oil to flow more freely.

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