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.

Foster Care (Family) in Texas Law

Criminal Procedure


pertaining to healthcare services, hospital, clinic, foster care facility, inquests upon dead bodies

Education Code


pertaining to residential facility, memorandum of understanding regarding exchange of information for students in foster care, admission, exemptions for students under conservatorship of department of family and protective services, texas education agency, texas higher education coordinating board, residential care, exemptions for adopted students, prepaid tuition units, assigned value

Family Code


pertaining to transfer or probation supervision between counties, interim supervision, general standing to file suit, foster parent, net resources, adoption of compact, adoption assistance program, financial and medical assistance, incentives for license child placing agencies, cooperation with department of protective and regulatory services, statistics of abuse and neglect of children, testing, notice, permanency hearings, factors in determining best interest of the child, placement review after final order, service review hearing, allocation of state funds, local accounts, burial expenses for child in foster care, provision of copies of certain records, training in trauma informed programs and services, foster care payments, liability of child's estate for foster care, direct payments, parent or guardian liability, contracts for substitute care and case management services, placement of children, assessing needs of the child, race or ethnicity

Family Code


pertaining to adoptive parent registry, foster parent recruitment, mentorship pilot program, living services program,standards and effectiveness, substitute care, eligibility, permanency care assistance, maximum payment amount, continued eligibility, medical care and educational services for children in foster care, medical services for child abuse and neglect victims, consent for medical care, enrollment and participation in research programs, health passport, judicial review, education passport, provision of medical care in emergency, consent to medical care by foster child

Government Code


pertaining to access to criminal history record information, department of protective and regulatory services, limitation of liability, ensuring appropriate care setting for persons with disabilities, pooled funding for foster care preventative services, search for parent or guardian of a child, reimbursements for uncompensated healthcare costs, foster parents, parental leave for employees, foster care residential contract management, department of family and protective services

Health & Safety Code


pertaining to adult foster care facility, exemptions, residential facility, contents of disclosure statement, third-party management, foster group home, foster family home, child placing agencies, department of aging and disability

Human Resource Code


pertaining to definition of dependent child, department of protective and regulatory services, medical assistance for certain persons making transition from foster care to independent living, independent foster care, medical assistance for certain former foster care adolescents enrolled in higher education, preventative services, child at risk of foster care placement, family and protective services council, federal funding for certain children, federal reimbursement for foster care costs, local accounts, minimum training standards, inspections, public notice and hearing in certain counties, residential childcare, reporting of incidents and violations, use of existing institutions and agencies, investigation database

Insurance Code


pertaining to definition of dependent and related terms

Local Government Code


pertaining to eligible children


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