Requesting that the plaintiff take nothing, Haleco Enterprises has answered a suit brought by Abelardo Espinoza, who claims he should have been warned of the dangers of carrying a beam.
As previously reported, the suit was filed March 4 in Jefferson County District Court.
Court records show that on April 12 Haleco answered the suit, asserting a general denial and requesting that a take nothing judgment be rendered in its favor.
According to the lawsuit, on June 10, 2011, Espinzoa was in the course and scope of his employment with Haleco working at a home construction site in Lumberton.
“Mr. Espinoza was injured while carrying a beam as instructed and ordered by defendant,” the suit states.
The suit accuses the defendant of negligently failing to provide a safe workplace, correct a dangerous condition, select competent employees and warn of any dangers.
The defendant was a nonsubscriber to the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act at the time of the incident.
Espinoza is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment and lost wages.
Houston attorney Timothy Hightower of the law firm Hightower, Russo & Capellan represents him.
Beaumont attorney Wyatt Snider represents the defendant.
Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.
Case No. D194-116