Couple blames contractor, homeowner for husband's injuries

A Pinellas County couple is suing a contractor and homeowner, alleging their negligence led to loss of consortium and injuries.

David Lugo Sanchez and Patricia Velasquez-Lugo filed a complaint Oct. 23 in Pinellas Circuit Court against Antonio Lopez and Nancy Dougher, alleging they failed to follow applicable safety guidelines and regulations.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 29, 2014, Sanchez was working as a helper for Lopez, an unlicensed contractor, when he was injured when the refrigerator/freezer on Dougher's property fell over and landed on the plaintiff's foot. The suit says this caused a serious injury that required surgery for Sanchez. He was further damaged, the lawsuit states, by the lack of Lopez's valid workers compensation policy, while his wife suffered the loss of her husband's services, consortium and the care and comfort of his society.

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