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Man's family pursues wrongful-death lawsuit

Three weeks after a worker fell to his death from four stories at Texas A&M during renovation of the football stadium on Dec. 3, the family joined together to file a civil lawsuit on against the construction company and related businesses. The lawyer who represents the family explained that the man's mother and his children, ages 6 and 7, are pursuing unspecified damages in the wrongful death of the man, who was in his 20s.

A spokesman for the construction company didn't comment on the case, and a representative for another named defendant also didn't respond to calls. A press release from the university and the top administrators expressed their sympathy to the man's family after his death. The football field was in the middle of a $450 million redevelopment project that began after the last home game of the 2013 season. It was the second fatal construction incident on the campus in six months; in June, four workers died when a new equine center collapsed as it was being built.

Although the worker was transported to a nearby hospital right after the accident, he later died. Additional circumstances surrounding his death were not immediately available. Several agencies, including the university itself, the construction company and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are also investigating his death.

Family members might decide to seek financial payment when someone loses their life in a work-related accident. A personal injury attorney might pursue compensation for the loss of companionship when someone dies due to alleged negligence.

Source: KBTX, 'Kyle Field Worker Falls to His Death, OSHA Investigating," David Norris, Dec. 4, 2013

Source: USA Today, "Family of worker killed in Kyle Field fall suing construction company", December 23, 2013

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