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$15 million settlement for injured worker

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Posted: Jun 20, 2010 4:36 PM
Updated: Jun 20, 2010 4:40 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: injured, worker, million, Katrina

An oil field rigger severely injured in a post-Hurricane Katrina salvage job has agreed to settle his court claims for $15 million.

A trial for Randall James Wooley's lawsuit against his employer, Longnecker Properties Inc., and several other companies was scheduled to start July 18 in a Lafourche Parish state court.

But The Advocate reports that the case was resolved by a settlement that began paying out on June 9. Wooley was crushed by a salvage pipe that was being lowered onto a barge. The 35-year-old Cut Off resident's injuries left him a
paraplegic.

Wild Well Control Inc. directed the salvage job on behalf of Newfield Exploration Co., which owned the damaged equipment and hired Wooley's employer.

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