HOUSTON, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A state district court jury in Houston awarded more than $53 million to the family of a 28-year-old construction worker who was thrown to his death in 2013 while working on stadium renovations at Texas A&M's Kyle Field, The Gibson Law Firm said today.
The lawsuit alleged Angel Garcia, who was an employee of Lindamood Demolition, Inc., of Irving, Texas, was catapulted off the edge of a fourth-floor ramp at the College Station, Texas stadium when a section of concrete fell onto the skid steer loader he was operating, causing it to fall and eject him. Mr. Garcia suffered massive trauma to his torso and head. He later died at a nearby hospital.
After a three-week trial, the jury in the 80th District Court of Harris County, Texas found defendants Manhattan Vaughn, JVP and Lindamood Demolition, Inc. liable for Mr. Garcia's injuries and death.
Jason A. Gibson, of The Gibson Law Firm in Houston, said, "Mr. Garcia's family and I appreciate the service of the jury and the court in this case. The trial was difficult for the family and they continue to try to recover from their loss of Angel. Because of this preventable workplace tragedy, a mother lost her son, and two children lost their father. We hope the verdict is a stark reminder for construction companies in Texas and around the nation about the importance of workplace safety."
In May 2014, Lindamood Demolition was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for "willful" and "serious" safety violations in the Kyle Field incident and placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
The case is "Josefina Garcia, et al. v. J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC, et al," Cause No. 2013-76550 in the 80th District Court of Harris County, Texas.
SOURCE The Gibson Law Firm