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.

Child Abuse (Family) in Texas Law

Civil Practice and Remedies


pertaining to five-year limitation., amount of liability, limitation on amount of recovery, grounds for attachment in suit for sexual assault, common nuisance, sexual abuse of a young child

Criminal Procedure


pertaining to digital signature and electronic documents, duties of peace officers, felonies, continuous sexual abuse of a young child, temporary custody of the child, testimony of child who is victim of offense, issuance of a search warrant to photograph injured child, hearsay statement of child abuse victim, community supervision, fees for vue children's counseling, information and computerized criminal history system, reportable conviction or adjudication, court costs for child safety funniness polities, additional costs attendant to certain child sexual assault and related convictions

Education Code


pertaining to transfer students involved in sexual assault, required curriculum, child abuse and neglect prevention, residential facilities, texas education agency, texas department of mental health and mental retardation, expulsion for serious offenses, child abuse reporting, policies addressing sexual abuse of children, order financial assistance, partnership program, knowledge of child abuse can be a crime

Family Code


pertaining to consent to counseling, examination without consent of abuse or neglect child, jurisdiction court, duty to report child abuse, prerecorded statement of child, remote televised broadcast of testimony of the child, hearsay statement of child abuse victim, video testimony of certain professionals, contents of final order, compliance with order requiring notice of change of required information, parent education and family stabilization course, additional duties of attorney ad litem for child, attorney work product and testimony, volunteer advocates, history of domestic violence, false report of child abuse, abduction risk factors, modification of order on conviction for child abuse, reduction of arrearages, abeyance of enforcement, involuntary termination of parent-child relationship, preparation of health social educational and genetic history report, powers of associate judge, terms and conditions of contract, investigation of reported child abuse or neglect, central registry, statistics of abuse and neglect of children, persons required to report, time to report

Government Code


pertaining to judicial instruction related to family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, duties of counselor, family protection fee, court costs on conviction, access to criminal history record information, department of protective and regulatory services, limitation of liability, eligible inmates, reducing child abuse, prohibition on punitive action for failure to immunize, interagency coordination, search for parent or guardian of a child, substance abuse disorder, student records, statement or testimony by certain child abuse victims, hearsay

Health & Safety Code


pertaining to confidentiality, training and examination program, training advisory committee, surveys, consumer complaints, applicability of federal law relating to child abuse and neglect, convictions barring employment, reporting of children involved in substance-abuse or from a family involved in substance-abuse, texas medical child abuse resources and education system, grant programs, medicare advisory committee

Human Resource Code


pertaining to department of family and protective services, divisions of department, duties relating to delivery of services, delivery of services, community education and training relating to child abuse or neglect, multidisciplinary teams, building community partnerships to support children and families, required affidavit for applicants for employment, child abuse and neglect primary prevention programs, child abuse and neglect prevention trust fund account, department operating funds, contributions, training of personnel, inspections, required background search of central registry, sign posting, drug testing, required affidavit for applicants for employment with facility or registered family home, authority to conduct limited inspections, qualifications for license, juvenile correctional officers, staffing, toll-free number, violence prevention and conflict resolution education, zero-tolerance policy, initial examination, rules regarding services for foster children, treatment for substance abuse, comprehensive reentry and reintegration plan for children, completion of minimum length of stay, request for reconsideration of extension order, crimes concerning the commission, communication and confidentiality, children's trust fund, violence prevention and conflict resolution, harris county board of protective services

Insurance Code


pertaining to fraud and abuse plans, enforcement

Local Government Code


pertaining to use of funds, school crossing guard services, disposition of marriage license and declaration fees, civil fees, consolidated fees on conviction, community and economic development programs

Occupation Code


pertaining to required suspension, revocation, or refusal of license or certain offenses, school curriculum, continuing education programs

Penal Code


pertaining to continuous sexual abuse of young child or children

Property Code


pertaining to right to vacate and avoid liability following certain sex offenses

Tax Code


pertaining to charitable organizations

Transportation Code


pertaining to texas county child welfare board license plates

Vernons Civil Statutes


pertaining to legislative findings, general rules governing death benefits


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