A worker who was seriously injured in the collapse of the International Nutrition plant last week in south-central Omaha is suing the company and its president, Steven J. Silver.
Attorneys for Tomas Balderas said they planned to file a complaint today in Douglas County District Court. In it, they argue that Silver and his company should have known — and properly prepared for — the risks that led to the deadly collapse.
Balderas' attorneys argue that company negligence was responsible for the disaster and for a long list of injuries suffered by their client. They say Balderas suffered injuries to his chest, spine and head, and that doctors had to insert a chest tube for his collapsed lung.
According to the suit, Balderas “will be unable to work because of his injuries and will suffer lost wages and other financial damages related to his injuries.”
He is seeking an unspecified amount of damages, including money to cover his medical costs.
The suit does not list any specific risks or problems that may have contributed to the Jan. 20 incident.
One of Balderas' co-workers, Walter Alecio, told The World-Herald last week that he and Balderas were pinned under storage bins that crashed through the roof of the building. He said Balderas, 37, was later treated for seven broken ribs and a punctured kidney.
Workers David Ball and Keith Everett were killed in the collapse, and Balderas and nine others were taken to local hospitals.
By Monday night, two workers remained hospitalized: John Broderick, 53, was in fair condition at Creighton University Medical Center and Balderas, 37, was at the Nebraska Medical Center.
Balderas' condition was not being released. He had been listed in fair condition as of Friday night.