A man from Galveston, Texas has filed a personal injury suit against a Galveston church alleging that he suffered a hip injury while performing yard work in early 2007.
According to the suit he filed in Galveston County District Court on January 8, Harvie Collins claims that Compton Memorial Church of God In Christ was aware of a hole in which he tripped and fell.
Collins says that he was originally hesitant to file suit, but the outright denial of his claim by the church’s insurance carrier prompted his decision to do so.
The original petition says, “Since the plaintiff has maintained a very warm, longstanding relationship with defendant, he files this lawsuit with a great deal of reluctance, anxiety, and trepidation.”
According to the suit, the church hosted Collins on February 5 as he performed tree maintenance work in a lot belonging to the church. The suit says that as he was working, he stepped backward into a hold in the ground containing a brick protrusion, causing him to fall.
Collins says that the damage caused to his hip was so severe that he required an operation.
Collins claims that the injury caused him to suffer pain, disfigurement, and mental anguish and incur “huge” medical expenses.
The suit alleges negligence on the part Compton Memorial Church of God In Christ for failure to warn of any potential danger on the premises and failure to get rid of the hole.