Contractor sues client after slicing off finger

David Yates Dec. 15, 2010, 11:56am

Last January, Kenneth Olson was cutting wood for a kitchen backsplash when the client walked into the area and tripped, bumping into the wood and causing him to cut off his finger.

Alleging Congetta Osborne entered her own driveway without permission, Olson filed suit against her and his former employer, J&B Construction, on Nov. 23 in Orange County District Court.

Court papers show that on Jan. 30, 2009, Olson was set up in the driveway cutting wood for Osborne's kitchen backsplash when she "walked into the area, fell, and hit the wood board being cut."

"Osborne knocked the wood off the saw table causing the saw blade to cut Olson's left pointer finger off," the suit states. "Olson was air-lifted from Bridge City to Houston for medical care."

In his suit, Olson accuses J&B Construction of negligently failing to provide him with proper safety equipment and also accuses Osborne of entering a work area, her driveway, without permission.

He is suing for his alleged past and future mental anguish, physical pain, lost wages, impairment, disfigurement and medical expenses.

Judge Dennis Powell, 163rd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B100737-c

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