The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments last week in a suit by Quindon Thomas against Chevron USA in which Thomas’ right to sue over his on the job injury as a contract worker is at issue. He was working for American Plant Services (APS), which provided contract workers at Chevron’s Pascagoula refinery, when he was severely burned in 2012. When Thomas initially sued Chevron, the company said that it should be immune because it purchased workers’ comp insurance that covered APS workers and paid more than $1 million in care and benefits to Thomas after he was injured. Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs agreed with Chevron’s argument and dismissed the case. However, on appeal, Thomas argued that his case should proceed because of dangerous conditions at the plant. Thomas and his attorney James Reeves claim that it is well-settled state law that a general contractor on construction projects gets immunity; but no property owner gets immunity, even one who hires contract workers to operate part of a facility on an ongoing basis.
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