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Varela v. American Petrofina Company of Texas
Citation:Supreme Court of Texas, 1993. 658 S.W.2d 561.
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The Defendant, American Petrofina Company, hired Hydrocarbon Construction Company to do a project on the Defendant’s catalytic cracking unit. The Plaintiff, Robert Varela, was an employee of Hydrocarbon who worked on the project. While working, the Plaintiff was injured. Under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, Hydrocarbon, as the Plaintiff’s employer, was immune from tort liability. Instead, Hydrocarbon owed the Plaintiff workers’ compensation benefits. The Plaintiff and Hydrocarbon agreed to settle the matter of workers’ compensation for $18,000 plus future medical expenses.
The Plaintiff then sued the Defendant for negligence, claiming that a premises defect in the Defendant’s plant caused him to fall and suffer harm. The Defendant defended the lawsuit, impleading Hydrocarbon and asserting a right to contribution or indemnity.
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