Motion for contempt filed in wrongful death suit

By David Yates | Oct 23, 2017

BEAUMONT – A motion for contempt was recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Seeking more than $1 million in damages, Raina Guevara, representing her father’s estate, filed a lawsuit Nov. 10, 2015, in Jefferson County District Court against CBL & Associates Properties (Parkdale Mall) and Anytime Electric in Houston.

According to the complaint, on June 16, 2015, the late Federico Guevara III was working as an electrical contractor for Anytime Electric at the Parkdale Mall Shopping Center in Beaumont, when an electrical spark caused him to fall 12 to 15 feet from a ladder.

He sustained a severe head injury with skull fracture, the suit says, and was transferred to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he underwent surgery in an attempt to save his life. Guevara experienced extreme physical pain and suffering for 11 days, ultimately leading to his death.

On Oct. 19, Guevara filed a motion for contempt and enforcement of deposition of subpoena, seeking to enforce the deposition of Patrick Gamble, a possible witness.

Court records show several of the defendants named in the litigation have settled.

The suit states the defendants were negligent in failing to provide proper equipment, failing to properly plan the work being done, failing to provide a safe place to work, requiring the decedent to work in an unsafe manner, failing to provide scaffold and other negligent acts or omissions.

Raina Guevara, Ysela Guevara, and Federico Guevara IV are the surviving children of Federico Guevara III. Rodriguez is the mother of Ysela Guevara and Federico Guevara IV.

The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Clay Dugas and Jane S. Leger of Dugas Leger Law Firm in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court case number A-197788.

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