League City woman claims contractor failed to make handicapped renovations at residence

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Nov. 6, 2008, 5:00am

GALVESTON � In an attempt to properly care for her severely disabled son, League City resident Glenda Willis hired an independent contractor to remodel her home.

Willis claims her requests went unfulfilled as Alvin Douglas Moody of Houston allegedly failed to perform the necessary renovations to the residence that would prove beneficial to James Christopher Willis, who is quadriplegic.

On Oct. 31, Glenda Willis filed a deceptive trade lawsuit against Alvin Douglas Moody, doing business as A.D.M. Contracting, in Galveston County District Court, claiming the defendant never finished the job.

Assist-Med Inc., a healthcare agency looking after Christopher James Willis, is also named a defendant in the case. It is accused of bringing in A.D.M. Contracting.

The suit says that Glenda Willis sought the assistance of a contractor to fix her house in accordance to the Americans with Disabilities Act two years ago. Moreover, she wanted to install a track lifting and transport system which would be used to assist James Christopher Willis with movement between his bedroom and an adjacent shower.

According to the suit, A.D.M. was handpicked by Assist-Med for the task.

"On Nov. 1, 2006, Assist-Med Inc. contacted Alvin Douglas Moody to perform requisite work which was to be completed by no later than Dec. 31, 2006," the suit states.

Glenda Willis argues A.D.M. did not start the renovations on time and was careless in any work the business managed to perform. The defendant's alleged sluggishness would take a toll on her home and family, she claims.

"Unfortunately, the work was not commenced in a timely fashion and the work actually performed was grossly substandard and caused damage to multiple portions of the home and the home's foundation," the suit says.

It asserts the plaintiff "suffered substantial property damage and personal injuries."

In addition to deception, the defendants face counts of negligence and respondeat superior.

Represented by League City attorney Jonathan C. Kieschnick, Glenda Willis seeks damages to compensate for property damage, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.

Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox is presiding over the case.

Case No. 08CV1101

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