John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 13, 2013, 3:36pm

GALVESTON - Local resident Steve Kovacevich has filed suit against Galveston locals Oscar and Georgia Barbin over a facial injury he sustained at their property more than six months ago.

Recent court papers filed Jan. 2 in Galveston County District Court state that Kovacevich injured himself while performing work for the defendants on May 31, 2012.

The suit shows the plaintiff was in the process of installing a beam when a jack fell and struck him in the face.

Kovacevich says he was assisting Oscar Barbin and his supplies and materials for the task in question were provided by the respondents at the time of the subject event.

According to the original petition, Oscar Barbin was giving instructions to the complainant.

The Barbins are blamed for:

  • Failing to provide proper equipment;

  • Failing to warn of a dangerous defect;

  • Failing to provide adequate supervision;

  • Failing to provide adequate training; and

  • Failing to provide adequate assistance.

Consequently, Kovacevich sues for severe injuries, mental and physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Darrell A. Apffel with Bettison Doyle Apffel & Guarino PC in Galveston is representing the plaintiff.

Case No. 13-CV-0007

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