Victim in Church's Chicken floor collapse files lawsuit

LIVINGSTON, Texas – An employee injured when a floor collapsed at a Church’s Chicken is suing for $50 million.

Attorney Anthony Buzbee with the Buzbee Law Firm in Houston filed the suit in a Dallas County district court Sept. 9 for Erica Acevedo, one of the employees who was badly injured in the Aug. 1 incident.

Acevedo, along with two other workers, were in the kitchen when the floor gave out.

Acevedo fell into a hole and was badly burned when a fryer fell, causing the “boiling grease (to) literally cook Ms. Acevedo as she lay there, trapped,” the lawsuit states. Nearly 65 percent of Acevedo’s body was burned, which will require “medical care for the balance of her live,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed against Triangle Capital Properties, LLC; BAH Texas, LLC; Store Master Funding VIII, LLC; and Cajun Global, LLC.

Photos: Floor collapse at Church's Chicken injures workers

The lawsuit states the defendants knew the floor was weak and didn’t address the problem.

After the collapse, a customer jumped over the counter and helped two of the workers.

“If you can imagine hell, that’s what they were in,” said Gary Bryant, who sprung to action.

All three of the victims were taken to the hospital with severe burns, including Acevedo, who was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Family and friends have set up an account to raise money for the three victims and their families.

According to the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, OSHA is investigating what caused the floor collapse.


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