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 Parent (Family) in Texas Law

Criminal Procedure


pertaining to missing children investigation, written request, law enforcement

Education Code


pertaining to a child placed in foster care, admission, statewide plan, education, teachers, caseworkers, school district, preferential consideration, disability, conflicting interests, surrogate parent

Family Code


pertaining to former spouses, family, general standing to file suit, department of protective services, standing to request termination and adoption, powers and duties of guardian ad litem for child, amicus attorney, volunteer advocate, financial and medical assistance, human services commission, child placing agencies, parent, guardian, managing or possessory conservatory, testing, evaluation of identified relatives and other designated individuals, notice, placement review after final order, placement review hearings, voluntary residential living arrangement, child abuse plan, limitation on expenditure of funds, burial expenses, training, drama informed program, direct payments, liability, performance, adoption and substitute information, permanency, recruitment, immunity from liability, grandparent mentors, transitional living services program, department planning and accountability, consent for medical care, enrollment and participation in certain research programs

Government Code


pertaining to in formation and assistance regarding care and support options, reports, search for parent or guardian of a child, state employee, conservatorship, health and human services

Health & Safety Code


pertaining to statewide service delivery plan

Human Resource Code


pertaining to programs for deaf blind multi-handicapped individuals and their parents, counseling program, rights and responsibilities statement, required background and criminal history checks, criminal penalties, reporting of incidents and violations

Insurance Code


pertaining to definition of dependent and related terms, retirees

Penal Code


pertaining to harboring runaway child

Transportation Code


pertaining to department approved courses, driver education


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