COLLEGE STATION, Texas Several weeks after a worker fell to his death at Texas A&M's Kyle Field, some of the companies involved in the renovation project are facing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Angel Garcia, 28, was working on the fourth level of Kyle field on December 3 when he fell. He was rushed to St. Joseph hospital in Bryan where he later died.
On December 23, Jason Gibson with the Houston-based Gibson Law Firm filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the Garcia family.
The lawsuit, filed in Harris County State court, alleges Garcia was catapulted off the edge of the fourth-floor ramp when a section of concrete fell into the loading bucket of the skid steer loader he was operating. The lawsuit claims Garcia was ejected from the loader and fell on his back on to some rubble below.
According to the lawsuit, Garcia was alive and conscious until he died at the hospital.
Gibson said the lawsuit isn't just about the money.
"This is about justice, it's about responsibility, and it's about compensating someone who really can't be compensated for," said Gibson.
J.T Vaughn Construction, the company in charge of renovations at Kyle Field, along with Lindamood Demolition and other associated companies were named in the lawsuit. Garcia was employed by Lindamood Demolition.
The maximum monetary relief Gibson is asking for in the lawsuit is $100 million, but Gibson said that number will likely change.
Gibson said he has a message for anyone who thinks he and the Garcia family are doing this just for the money.
"I'd say that maybe they haven't lost a loved one who was catapulted four floors down, with his head beat over a rock," said Gibson. "Who was conscious the entire time until he got to the hospital."
Gibson said if this does go to trial, it could take up to a year to settle, but he said he and the Garcia family are ready to go the long haul.
The allegations against J.T. Vaughn Construction and the other defendants include gross negligence, federal OSHA violations and inadequate safety policies and procedures.
As of now, Texas A&M University has not been named as a defendant in the lawsuit, but Gibson said that could change as the case progresses.
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