John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 13, 2013, 3:13pm

GALVESTON - More than a week after they were slapped with a $1 million lawsuit over a local man's alleged fall at a Galveston residence, Galvez Remodeling Inc. and its proprietor, Victor Galvez, have submitted their formal response.

Carlos Alfaro launched the litigation on May 16, claiming the defendants instructed him to install molding on a dormer at the subject property “under unsafe conditions.”

The suit asserts the respondents attached two ladders together so the plaintiff could reach the dormer, which is approximately 25 feet from the ground.

Alfaro says that he ascended the ladders only to fall after they collapsed, subsequently sustaining the injuries which are the focus of the case.

He adds the respondents did not subscribe to workers compensation insurance.

In their original answer filed May 28, the defendants counter that the plaintiff "has suffered no compensable damage or injury."

"In the alternative, the actions and omissions of the plaintiff and/or other various third parties were the sole proximate cause of the alleged injuries and damages, if any, sustained by the plaintiff," the rebuttal says.

Attorney Brian T. Nguyen of Nguyen & Chen LLP in Houston is representing the respondents.

Case No. 13-CV-667

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