Texas Attorneys File Lawsuit On Behalf Of Worker's Family In Louisiana Valero Energy Refinery Fatality

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Brooks Harrison – Attorneys at Law and The Buchanan Law Office Filed A Lawsuit On Behalf Of The Rodrigo Rodriguez Family And Children Against Valero Energy and Other Defendants In San Antonio, Texas For The Grossly Negligent Death Of Koch Contract Employee, Rodrigo Rodriguez

The Family of Rodrigo Rodriguez announce that they have filed a lawsuit in state district Court in Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas (Cause No. 2011CI04253) against Valero Energy Corporation and other defendants for the alleged grossly negligent death of their son, brother, and father, Rodrigo Rodriguez, 30 years old. The lawsuit was filed on Monday, March 14, 2011. The accident occurred on March 6, 2011, at the Valero Energy Corporation’s St. Charles refinery in Norco, La., near New Orleans where Mr. Rodriguez was working as a contract employee for Koch Industries while performing “shutdown” maintenance on a catalytic cracking unit.

The suit alleges that, as a result of the negligent acts and omissions of the Defendants, Mr. Rodriguez was killed by a lethal dose of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) while performing his maintenance duties as a fire watch on March 6, 2011. Mr. Rodriguez leaves behind two beautiful children, his mother and father as well as a loving brother and sisters.

"The Rodriguez Family has unnecessarily lost their son, brother, and father, Mr. Rodrigo Rodriguez, due to a lack of care and lackadaisical precautions on behalf of the Defendants. Nothing can replace Rodrigo; however, his family is committed to making a difference in the lives of industrial workers by advocating for the implementation of ‘real’ safety reform… The goal of our clients is to eradicate preventable tragedies such as what Rodrigo and his surviving family have endured and continue to endure," said Byron Buchanan.

"How many more children and families have to undergo such a tragic and preventable event? Rodrigo was only thirty years old… He had a full life ahead of him. Rodrigo has two young children who are now forced to grow up with nothing but a memory of their adoring father – all Rodrigo wanted to do was work hard, make a better life, and take care of his children… and the only thing the Defendants can defend in this matter is the ‘indefensible’ itself,” states Brooks Harrison.

The Rodriguez Family, in concert with their attorneys, fully intend to campaign to reform industrial worksite safety throughout the Texas and regionally. The Rodriguez Family will do everything in their collective power to inform the public of the dangers, lack of safety precautions, and prevention of industrial deaths and injuries at our vital industrial facilities. “No family deserves what our family has been put through. Not another child should be forced to grow up without their father as a result of a preventable incident at any refinery, anywhere,” states Rodrigo’s sister, Erika.

Both The Buchanan Law Office and Brooks Harrison – Attorneys at Law fervently support the rights of workers’, heightened legal statutes, reformation of workplace rules and regulations regarding worker safety while fighting on behalf of working families in and out of courtrooms throughout the State of Texas and United States. Both firms only represent working men, women and families - not corporations or insurance companies.

Brooks Harrison - Attorneys At Law
(281)616-5099 office
(800)955-3390 toll free
(800)471-0201 fax

The Buchanan Law Office
Office: (713) 936-0783
Fax: (832) 203-8286

Brooks Harrison (281)616-5099
Byron Buchanan (713)936-0783
2020 Southwest Freeway, Suite 222
Houston, Texas 77098

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