Kelly Holleran Oct. 1, 2012, 4:15pm

A Jefferson County resident claims a company failed to adequately perform the work it was hired to do, causing her to incur thousands of additional dollars in repair costs.

Allison Martinez claims she purchased a property at 5770 Glasgow in Beaumont from James and Cathy Wilson in June of 2010. Before Martinez and her family moved into the home, however, the Wilsons had hired defendant Level Check to perform foundation repairs in January 2009, according to the complaint filed Aug. 29 in Jefferson County District Court. Level Check had provided the Wilsons a lifetime warranty on the repair work, the suit states.

However, after moving into the home, Martinez discovered cracks in the sheetrock of their daughter’s bedroom, the complaint says.

“This was only the beginning of the problems,” the suit states. “Eventually, the walls throughout the entire home began to separate from the floors and ceilings, the exterior brick cracked in numerous places, several more sheet rock cracks formed, the doors would not open or close properly, and the plumbing had to be completely redone in the northwest corner of the house.”

Although Martinez attempted to contact Level Check numerous times to fix the problems, the company refused to respond to her, she claims. Instead, in May 2011, Martinez was forced to hire another company to fix the problems at a cost of $9,000, according to the complaint.

In addition to the repair costs, Martinez had to fix plumbing and foundation at the back of her house, costing her an additional $21,000, the suit states.

In her complaint, Martinez alleges negligence, breach of warranty of good and workmanlike services and breach of contract, the complaint says.

She is seeking economic and actual damages within the jurisdictional limits of the court, plus pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Andrew P. Gertz and Ryan W. Gertz of Gertz Adair Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 172nd District Court.

Case No. E192-968

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