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.

Family Violence (Family) in Texas Law

Criminal Procedure


pertaining to family violence prevention, victims, protection from harm or abuse, family or household relationship, exceptions to official duties, duty to prevent commission of criminal offense, duties and peace officers, standby assistance, reports, records, do you prosecuting attorneys and courts, mediation and family violence cases, protective order prohibiting offense caused by prejudice, authority a peace officer, plea of guilty or nolo contendere and misdemeanor, impact on victims, evidence and prosecutions for murder, relevant expert testimony, trial, community supervision, child abusers and family violence offenders, battering intervention and prevention program, notice of release, family violence offender, notification court of family violence conviction, victim of assault or sexual assault younger than 17 years of age, notification to victim or witness a release or escape of defendant, definition of a child, limits on compensation, address confidentiality, stalking

Education Code


pertaining to required curriculum

Family Code


pertaining to information regarding protective orders, mediation procedures, waiting period, finding of family violence, eligibility for maintenance, court order, order of withholding, entitlement to protective order, fees and costs, attorneys fees, you may file an application, contents of application, application filed after dissolution of marriage, application filed for child subject to continuing jurisdiction, application for temporary ex parte order, exclusion of party from residents, required findings and orders, enforcement of counseling requirement, warning on protective order, injunction, reporting by witness, information provided by medical professionals, community, parent education and family stabilization course, social study evaluator, history of domestic violence, alternate dispute resolution

Government Code


pertaining to judicial instruction, sexual assault, child abuse, victim of family violence, neglect, judicial training, protection for victims of family violence, priorities, judicial district, their county criminal court, travis county court, training related to family violence, space family protection fee, donation of reimbursement, additional fees in criminal or civil cases, bureau of identification and records, suspension of license, limitation of liability, executive commissioner, health and human services agencies, search for parent or guardian of a child, family violence shelter center, sexual assault program, family violence shelter, information maintained by shelter, redacted information

Health & Safety Code


pertaining to vinyl health care issues, exemptions, soliciting in contracting with certain referral sources, unexpected death, establishment of review team, duties or presiding officer, access to information, meeting of review team, report of unexpected pathology, procedure in the event of reportable death, abuse, inquest, health care provider

Human Resource Code


pertaining to healthy marriage development program, victims of family violence, family violence program, confidentiality of information, texas workforce commission, rules and standards, notification of family violence calls, information relating to family violence reports, family violence shelter, family violence services plan, contracts, expand existing center services, declining scale of state financial support, contract bids

Insurance Code


pertaining to confidentiality of certain information, medical or claims personnel under contract, information about specific acts of family violence, health benefit plan, life insurer not liable for death or bodily injury, evidence of insurability

Labor Code


pertaining to exclusions from chargebacks, involuntary separation, protective order, police record, position statement, medical documentation, leaving the workplace to protect an individual from family violence

Local Government Code


pertaining to district responsibilities, limitations on expenditures

Occupation Code


pertaining to school curriculum, continuing education programs, training for officers and recruits an investigation of cases of family violence, documentation of cases that involve child abuse or neglect

Penal Code


pertaining to injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual, victim of family violence, terroristic threat, violation of certain court orders or conditions of bond of family violence case

Property Code


pertaining to occupancy limits, tenants right to summon police or emergency assistance, right to vacate and avoid liability, right to vacate and avoid liability related to military service

Tax Code


pertaining to confidentiality of certain home address information, victim of family violence, confidentiality of violence shelter center and sexual assault program information


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