VB Attorneys Files Lawsuit Against Baylor University on Behalf of Family of Construction Worker Who Drowned During Construction Work at the New Baylor Football Stadium

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Vuk Vujasinovic of Houston-based law firm VB Attorneys is representing the family of a worker who drowned when equipment to which he was tethered sunk in the Brazos River at the site of a construction project for Baylor’s McLane Stadium.

We sued Baylor University and the several involved construction companies because this was their construction project, and their lawyers said they would not provide us with their investigation materials unless and until we sued their clients.

VB Attorneys has filed a wrongful death and survival lawsuit against Baylor University; Austin Commercial, Inc.; Austin Bridge and Road, LP; Austin Bridge and Road, Inc.; Derr and Isbell Construction, LLC; Genie Industries, Inc; and Flexifloat Construction Systems, Inc. on behalf of the surviving spouse, the three children, and the mother of a construction worker who died while working on the construction project for the new Baylor football stadium, McLane Stadium (1). According to WacoTrib.com, the construction worker was pronounced dead on January 28, 2014, after the equipment to which he was tethered went off of a modular barge and sunk in the Brazos River, trapping him underwater (2).

Mr. Vujasinovic has filed the lawsuit in Harris County District Court, Cause No. 201411694. The lawsuit states that, while the family has been allowed a limited inspection of the area by the pedestrian bridge and the modular barge, no other inspections have been allowed to date. Mr. Vujasinovic reports that the lawsuit alleges, “Over the past weeks, we have continuously asked the university and the construction companies to provide us with information that would help the family determine how and why their loved one drowned on this job.” (1, p. 4, paragraph 5)

Mr. Vujasinovic's lawsuit further alleges, “We were allowed only one limited inspection at the McLane Stadium construction site and were provided one batch of photographs. We were not given any of the video from the Baylor stadium ‘construction cam’ (3), nor were we given any accident reports or witness statements, all of which are sure to exist after a fatality on a $260 Million construction project like this. We look forward to obtaining the evidence this family has waited too long to receive.” (1, p. 4, paragraph 5)

The lawsuit further alleges that the attorneys for Baylor University and the several involved construction companies would not provide us with their investigation materials. The lawsuit alleges that the equipment manufacturers are being sued because lawyers for the other parties indicated that there was some problem with the equipment." (1, p.3, section 5; 1, p. 4, section 5)

The lawsuit requests compensation for the worker's alleged wrongful death and for the loss experienced by each of the five surviving family members (1). “This man was loved by his family,” says Mr. Vujasinovic. “Beyond the devastating loss of a family member, they are in a really tough spot now, because they can no longer rely on the financial assistance he provided, including support for one of his young daughters who is attending school.”

The lawsuit includes a survival claim, requesting compensation on behalf of the deceased worker's estate for the conscious pain and suffering he allegedly endured as he was drowning until the time of his death. The suit also seeks punitive damages (1).

To learn more about this case, read the lawsuit, or stay abreast of continuing developments in this litigation, visit http://www.baylorstadiumlawsuit.com.

Case Information:

1 Harris County District Court, Cause No. 201411694
2 WacoTrib.com January 30, 2014 http://www.wacotrib.com/sports/baylor/football/osha-investigating-construction-accident-drowning-victim/article_bb929bbf-481a-58e0-a9e6-1b922cc03c5e.html
3 http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-footbl/stadium-cam.html

About VB Attorneys

Based in Houston, Texas, VB Attorneys handles cases all over the world. The three Board Certified attorneys and their team of associate attorneys have successfully handled many high-profile work-related fatality and injury cases over the years, including work accidents occurring both on land and on water. To learn more about VB Attorneys, visit our website or call us at 877.724.7800.

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