Funeral director files suit against employer after falling into unmarked grave at El Paso cemetery

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Feb 8, 2019

HOUSTON – A funeral director alleges he was injured at an El Paso cemetery when he fell into an unmarked, dug-out grave.

Rafael Ramirez filed a complaint on Jan. 10 in the Harris County District Court against Service Corp. International and SCI Texas Funeral Services Inc. alleging premises liability.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 25, 2017, he was in the course and scope of his employment with defendants and was injured when he fell into an unmarked, dug-out grave that was 6 feet deep at the El Paso County Evergreen Cemetery. He alleges he sustained catastrophic injuries to his ankles, back, shoulders and neck. 

The plaintiff holds Service Corp. International and SCI Texas Funeral Services Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to mark the pit/grave with identification markers and to place adequate warning around it.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual and exemplary damages, with interest, costs and all other relief to which he is entitled. He is represented by Diane St. Yves, Ashley T. Coleman and Brandon Mancuso of Law Office of Diane St. Yves PLLC in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-02312

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