Texas Widow Sues Firm for Giving Drug Test to Dying Husband


Though Perez alleges that her husband was working without a proper guardrail or safety net for employees over six feet off the ground, Perkins said representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the company's safety manager walked through the site and interviewed employees about the accident after the company reported the incident.

OSHA has not ordered that the company be penalized after the incident, according to the Dallas Observer.

Perez said she hopes she finds answers about how her husband injured his head and what happened before the paramedics were called.

She said she tried asking fellow employees who attended his funeral but they would not comment.

Perez said she is being supported by workers compensation from her husband's death, but she said she is scared and does not know when the benefits will expire.

"I miss him with all my heart, like nobody knows," she said.

The couple had been married for over 14 years.

Once he retired, she said the two planned to open a massage therapy business in Fort Worth, which he was going to support administratively.

But since his death, she said she became depressed and has scrapped those plans.

"I went down real hard because I can't seem to get over him," she said. "I thought it was a nightmare. I didn't want to accept it, but it's real."

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