Accidental Death and Injury in Texas Law
Many state and federal laws are designed to protect workers. Injuries on the job can have serious consequences, causing employees to miss work and incur high medical costs.
Defective products or negligence can be the cause of many workplace injuries. Even if you are covered by workers compensation, you may still be entitled to legal damages.
Around 6,000 children are killed by accidents every year. It is not possible to compensate parents for the death of their child, but it is sometimes possible to recover from the court for emotional and financial losses.
Texas allows for two types of legal action when someone is wrongfully murdered. The first type of action is called a wrongful-death action and the second, a survival action.
When a person dies because of negligence or liability, it is a wrongful death. The Texas wrongful-death statute, originally codified in 1861, provides the exclusive remedy in Texas for wrongful deaths. It compensates the spouse, parents or children of the deceased for any losses they may have suffered as a result.
Survival actions are separate from wrongful death actions. They arise when an individual is responsible for damages if they caused an injury to another person's death through their wrongful acts, negligence, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default. The individual would have had the right to sue for that injury if they were still alive.
The law is in a constant state of change. Some of this information may be inaccurate
or incomplete and should not be relied upon without the advice of legal counsel.
|Accidental Death (Accident) in Texas Law|
Civil Practice and Remedies
pertaining to suits against accident and life insurance companies or associations, limited liability of owners, persons related to the owner or operator of a motor vehicle
pertaining to leaving the scene of an accident, crime of violence
pertaining to accidental death and disability insurance, volunteer fire departments, child safety month, reduce accidental injury and death, bicycle helmets, seat belts, occupational death, line of duty accident, death from accidents or illness
Health & Safety Code
pertaining to personal information, medical certification of disease that caused death
pertaining to valuation of policy or contract, group annuity, your endowment contract, industrial life insurance policy, ordinary life insurance policy, accidental death benefits table, valuation of certain annuities and your endowment contracts, commissioners reserved dilation method, commissioners annuity reserve dilation, minimum aggregate reserves, computation of reserved for policies by calendar year of issue, exceptions, accident insurance company, limits on life for accidental death insurance, net capital, surplus of domestic insurance companies, kinds of insurance authorized, amounts of contingency reserve, limits on life insurance, fraternal benefit societies, benefits authorized, authorized coverages, automobile club, certificate of participation, computation of net value of stipulated form of insurance,policy providing accident and health benefits, incontestability of policy, prohibited provisions, computation of net value of stipulated form of insurance or specified cash surrender value, accident and health insurance policy, exceptions, optional continuation of dependents benefits on death of insured
Insurance Code (not codified)
pertaining to group insurance for employees of state and its subdivisions, college and school employees
Local Government Code
pertaining to liability insurance for fire and police department officers and employees driving emergency vehicles, motor vehicle liability insurance for fire and police department officers and employees in this ballot, deductions authorized, benefits contract, coverage authorized, use of money in fund
Natural Resources Code
pertaining to insurance requirement, workers compensation
pertaining to disclosure of information relating to occupants, death by natural causes, suicide, or accident unrelated two condition of property
Parks and Wildlife Code
pertaining to accident reports, penalties, drug and now call testing, party boat, operator of a vessel involved in collision or accident
pertaining to barratry, solicitation of professional employment, intoxication manslaughter
pertaining to sellers disclosure of property condition
pertaining to duty to stop and render aid, operator of locomotive, accident report, statistical information, driving while license invalid, effective conviction, authority of municipalities to alter speed limits, accident involving personal injury or death, duty to give information and render aid, operator of a motor vehicle involved in accident, immediate report of accident, investigation by peace officer, operators accident report, officers accident report, municipal authority to require accident reports, report a medical examiner, justice of the peace, judgments, minimum coverage amounts, exclusions, failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility, magistrates inquiry and order, insurance for employees, minimum coverage amounts, common-law defenses, accidental injury and death benefits insurance coverage, automobile club, filing of information, governors responsibility, traffic safety program
Vernons Civil Statutes
pertaining to stop after accident, railroad corporation, operator of train or locomotive
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