PORT OF BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Four men are suing several companies that they blame for carbon dioxide poisoning they say they suffered while on the job.
The civil trial begins on Tuesday in Cameron County and the men say they were working in an engine room of an offshore rig docked at the Port of Brownsville.
That's when one of the companies allegedly began working on a fire suppression system and set it off, which released carbon dioxide.
The plaintiff's attorney says his clients suffered from a hypoxic brain injury, he adds the men are not only seeking compensation but also safer working conditions, Jody Mask, Attorney, "I think as a community we want business, business is great thing and jobs are a great thing. We just need companies to be responsible and follow all the safety rules when they do, that's all we're asking."
Mask didn't release how much his clients are suing for, but says the money will pay for their ongoing treatment and travel costs.