Caballero v. Esenjay Petrolium Corporation
Favorable Verdict Followed By Confidential Settlement
A 42-year-old Navy veteran, triathlete, and father
of two from Victoria, Texas was severely injured in
1995 when a pressure-control device used in gas well
workovers failed to contain pressurized material at
a well site in Bee County. When the pressure was released,
fluids and gas under extremely high pressure blasted
the oil field worker 30 feet under a pipe rack. He
suffered brain damage, vision and hearing loss, broken
vertebrae in his neck and back, a crushed foot and
ankle, and a dislocated hip.
The victim will suffer degenerative physical problems
for the remainder of his life, all produced by the
traumatic injuries sustained in the accident. Life
has changed forever for this formerly robust, competitive
athlete, and family man.
René Haas and David Perry represented the accident
victim in a lawsuit against the oil well's owner, Esenjay
Petroleum Corporation of Corpus Christi, as well as
against the company responsible for the supervision
and control of the well and the company that installed
the wrap-around. The final settlement in this case
remains confidential, but it was reported that the
client gave up rights to punitive damages and required
Esenjay Petroleum to institute a safety program to
prevent future accidents.
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
honored John Caballero of Victoria, Texas, and his
attorneys René Haas and David Perry for their
roles in improving safety in the workplace and encouraging
responsible corporate decision-making.
The Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award honors Steven
Sharp, a young man who lost both arms in a defective
tractor hay baler. Steven could not have sued the baler
manufacturer if proposed legislation regarding the
age of the equipment had been the law. His case strongly
illustrated how this legislation would deprive others
like him of access to justice.
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