March 4, 2013
GALVESTON - A Galveston man alleges in a lawsuit that a wayward hose at a Murphy USA gas station doused him and his minor son.
Georgios Maltsakis's suit filed in Galveston County Court at Law No. 3, blames Murphy Oil USA Inc. and motorist Jerry Delossantos for the June 16, 2011, incident.
Maltsakis's son is a co-plaintiff in the case.
The suit explains that the Maltsakis and his son were at the gas station in Galveston to purchase gas when Delossantos drove away from a pump without removing the pump hose from his vehicle.
The hose violently detached from the gas pump resulting in gasoline being sprayed all over Georgios and and his son face and body, leaving them drenched in gasolines, they claim.
According to Maltsakis, he and the child "immediately experienced burning sensations on their skin and eyes," adding he also suffered chest pain.
They were taken to the nearby University of Texas Medical Branch where they underwent a series of X-rays and other tests.
Maltsakis, who works as a commercial contractor, claims the event caused him to miss work.
Murphy USA is blamed for not installing a shut-off device on the pump that would prevent gas from spraying onto its customers.
A jury trial is requested in Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 where Judge Christopher Dupuy presides.