Family suing company for death at Nacogdoches Co. well site

Jeremiah Neely (Source: Facebook)
Jeremiah Neely (Source: Facebook)

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The family of a Kilgore man killed in a gas well accident will be filing a lawsuit against the company with which he worked.

Jeremiah Keith Neely, 34, died July 5 after an end cap apparently came off a high-pressure pumping rig. Neely died at the scene and two other people were injured.

Douglas Burks, a legal assistant at Tefteller Law Firm, confirmed the family will be suing the company, Platinum Pressure Pumping, Inc.

"The company hasn't allowed us to go to the scene, so it's not possible to file a lawsuit yet," Burks said. "We have investigators that are supposed to view the site tomorrow."

Burks explained that the death was more than just an accident.

"Accidents like this don't happen by chance," Burks said. "Jeremy was the safety guy there. He kept up with regulations from OSHA and the railroad commission, making sure everything is safe before employees approached the work site. If you kill him, something's gone wrong."

Burks said the lawsuit may be filed next week.

In an email Thursday evening, attorney Jarom Tefteller contradicted the earlier statement by his assistant. Tefteller said, "At this time the family is not suing anyone related to this death.  Right now the family is grieving their lost husband, father and son.  Currently, the only thing we are doing is trying to gather information to investigate Jeremy's death."

In the email, Tefteller did not rule out the possibility of future litigation. "The family does know if they will be filing suit against anyone, let alone who the responsible parties would be. It is true if fact are discovered that support legal action, a case could be filed as early as next week but there are no current plans to file a suit next week at this time.  It's simply too early at this stage."

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