$16,425,000 A plaintiff sustained severe abdominal injuries on a land based rig. The plaintiff was a driller on a land based rig. He sustained severe abdominal injuries when a thin, highly pressurized stream of water tore through his mid section, causing him to permanently require use of a colostomy bag and delivery of his nutrition through liquid formulas. SLG attorneys extensively developed the case, and established liability for negligence against several parties for failure to properly conduct and supervise pressure testing as well as for providing inadequate tools. The case was developed and prosecuted under both Louisiana and Texas law. Seven defendants ultimately contributed to the settlement of this case, totaling 16.425 million dollars. After deducting case expenses of $262,886.00, a comp lien of $600,000.00 and total attorney's fees of $6,424,845.60, the injured plaintiff recovered $8,737,268.40 and his minor son recovered $400,000.00.