Harris Co. laborer files lawsuit after allegedly suffering deep laceration

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 17, 2013, 11:00am

GALVESTON - After he was reportedly injured while using a circular saw, Harris County resident Rene Contrares has filed a lawsuit.

Recent court papers filed June 12 in Galveston County District Court allege that Ash Creek Construction committed negligence which brought forth the June 13, 2011, incident.

Contrares was performing construction and repair work for the defendant at the League City Police Station.

According to the original petition, the saw deeply lacerated his left hand in the first web space, causing nerve damage.

The plaintiff, who is a left-hand dominant physical laborer, says the injury inflicted significant pain and loss of income as well as permanent nerve and physical damage and disfigurement.

He blames the respondent for the following, including but not limited to:

  • Failing to furnish all necessary safety devices, supervision and any other necessary items to complete the job;

  • Failing to promptly correct all violations of any unsafe practices;

  • Failing to provide a safe workplace, equipment and environment for workers;

  • Failing to protect the safety and health of employees and giving instruction and directions which enhanced the probability of injury; and

  • Failing to warn the plaintiff of the harm to which he was exposed by the dangerous condition in which the defendant placed him.

"The defendant contractually and actually controlled the means, methods and details of the plaintiff's work," the suit says.

"The defendant breached the duties owed to the plaintiff."

Consequently, Contrares seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney Wayne D. Collins of Collins, O'Neal & Swofford, PLLC in League City is representing the complainant, and Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 13-CV-779

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