A man says he was rushed to the hospital when one of his co-workers allegedly shoved a pressurized air hose up his rectum, then turned the machine on full blast, severely damaging his internal organs.
Javier Nava-Cruz filed a lawsuit Aug. 11 in Jefferson County District Court against Miguel Angel Polo-Cuantinanquiz and Quality Mat Company of Beaumont.
In his complaint, Nava-Cruz alleges he was working for Quality Mat on Sept. 25, 2012, when his co-worker, Polo-Cuantinanquiz, ordered three men to hold Nava-Cruz down and unclothe him. Polo-Cuantinanquiz then "forcefully shoved a pressurized air hose into plaintiff's rectum and turned the machine on which blew air into plaintiff's rectum at an extremely high rate," the suit states. "The plaintiff screamed for them to stop until he was no longer conscious."
Following the incident, Nava-Cruz was rushed to a hospital emergency room where doctors diagnosed him with severe internal damage to his intestines and other organs, requiring immediate surgery, the complaint says.
Due to the incident, Nava-Cruz incurred medical costs, experienced physical pain and suffering and endured physical impairment, according to the complaint. He alleges he also lost earnings, suffered disfigurement, endured mental anguish and fears that he will suffer from a future medical disease or condition.
Nava-Cruz names Quality Mat Co. as a defendant, saying it negligently hired Polo-Cuantinanquiz, supervised him and is liable for his actions.
In his complaint, Nava-Cruz seeks actual and exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.
Joaquina L. Rodriguez of the law office of Rodriguez and Associates in Houston will represent him.
The case number is Jefferson County District Court case E195-963.
This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.