Texas Personal Injury News

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Considers Controversial Wrongful Death Case

 Earlier this month, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a hotly-contested wrongful death case involving the tragic death of a student at the University of Incarnate Word. When it came down to the central issues in the case, however, the court recognized the scant precedent on the matter – and heavily questioned counsel for both the University and the estate of the decedent.

According to the facts as presented at the trial level, the deceased student was shot and killed by a Corporal for the University’s on-campus security team.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Circuit Court Makes Final Decision in $32 Million Domino’s Pizza Injury Case

Under the laws of personal injury and negligence, an employer can be liable for the misdeeds of its employee if (i) the employee was acting within the scope of his or her employment duties, and (ii) the facts surrounding the injury were reasonably foreseeable. Keeping this in mind, consider the recent final decision issued by the Texas Supreme Court reversing a $32 million judgment against Domino’s Pizza, as the Court ultimately held that the pizza chain cannot be held liable for such an unforeseeable, random event as that detailed below.

In 2013, a Jefferson County jury awarded $32 million to the estates of a married couple killed in a head-on collision caused by a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver. According to the facts presented at trial, the driver inexplicably crossed over the center line of a two-land roadway, killing the oncoming driver and passenger. After tying the driver’s misconduct to his employer, the jury concluded that Domino’s was ultimately responsible for the

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Texas Woman Files $15 million Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Healthcare Providers

The death of a loved one can come as a major shock and surprise, particularly to close family members. When the death occurs at the hands of a hospital or nursing home – which are meant to help heal and protect – the loss can be even more devastating. Thankfully, if neglect is suspected, grieving loved ones have the opportunity to file a wrongful death action against the alleged responsible party.

Earlier this year, a woman from Texas filed a

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Another Day, Another Samsung Recall

Everyone knows laundry day is dull; but an exploding washing machine is hardly the solution to the bore of the chore. Hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy S7 explosion issue, the company is now facing a slew of claims that their washing machines contain a similar malfunction – which has dangerous property damage and increased risk of injury. As a result, the company voluntarily recalled three million washing machines in early November, and have warned users to immediately stop using the product until a replacement can be installed.

According to consumers, a malfunction in the drum of the machine can cause the lid to “violently” pop off, which could severely injure anyone standing nearby. In the words of one individual with the issue, the lid popped off violently it actually penetrated the wall of her garage.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Big Rig Accident Kills One in Harris County

Is speeding really that dangerous?

A recent crash between a big rig and a sedan resulted in one fatality in northwest Harris County.  The accident happened in the early morning hours near Walters Road.  Evidence gathered at the scene suggests that the driver of a Honda Accord was traveling on FM 1960 at a high rate of speed, possibly more than 100 miles per hour.  The driver hit the rear of an 18 wheeler that was moving slowly while pulling away from a traffic light.  Sadly, the speeding driver of the Accord sustained catastrophic injuries in the accident.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleges Major Asbestos Exposure

For nearly a century, asbestos has been linked with deadly respiratory cancer and disease, causing many manufacturers and industrial companies to shell out millions in injury claims and settlements. Now, decades later, injury victims are continuing to come forward with allegations of unbeknownst exposure, and demanding employers compensate for the personal and financial toll.

On October 5th of this year, a representative of the estate of a recently deceased Jefferson County man filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging exposure to asbestos – which the family believes ultimately killed the man.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Grieving Mother Receives $50 million Payout on Behalf of Son Pushed in Front of DART Bus

Following a truly heinous chain of events, a grieving Dallas-area woman was awarded $50 million in a wrongful death lawsuit seeking redress on behalf of her child who was fatally pushed in front of a DART bus in 2011. Though she only originally sought $20 million on behalf of her son, the woman ultimately received more than double that amount after a jury heard testimony describing the horrific attack the child endured immediately prior to his demise. All in all, the court concluded that the perpetrators were grossly negligent and acted with conscious disregard of human life – resulting in the historic eight-figure judgment.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

General Motors Prevails in Ignition Switch 'Bellwether' Trials

By now, you have undoubtedly heard of the ignition switch problems plaguing General Motors – which have lead to hundreds of injury and property damage claims across the United States. As a refresher, millions of General Motors models were implanted with a defective ignition switch which could actually cause the vehicles to turn off while in motion. Of course, the sudden loss of power can cause serious accidents, particularly for vehicles traveling at high rates of speed on highways and interstates. So far, the defect is implicated in 124 deaths and 275 injuries.

As a result of the widespread harm, victims of the defective switches filed lawsuits against the company for damages.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Perilous Prescriptions: Nexium, Levaquin and Invokana

What can I do if I am injured by a prescription medication?

Today, due to advances in medicine, more individuals rely on prescription medications to alleviate the symptoms of a variety of medical conditions. While these drugs are often touted as being highly effective and advertised as such, a number of medications have caused injuries that have resulted in lawsuits. In light of this, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with any medication.

Which prescriptions drugs are leading to lawsuits in the U.S.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bellwether Trials Test Climate on GM Ignition Switch Litigation

Over the past several years, execution protocol has come under fire across the United States – most notably following a “botched” execution in Oklahoma wherein the chemical cocktail took nearly 18 minutes to ultimately prove fatal. While the death penalty is undoubtedly controversial in the U.S., the state of Texas has a long and storied history surrounding its use of capital punishment. In August 2016, a Texas federal court reviewed the state’s execution protocols, and concluded that there are currently no instances of wrongful misconduct or issues involving the cocktail used to execute inmates.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hot Air Balloon Crashes in Texas, Kills 16 People

Was the pilot of the hot air balloon that crashed in Texas responsible?

As idyllic as hot air balloon rides may seem, they involve risks, just like any other form of transportation. As a matter of fact, they appear to involve far greater risks. As far back as 2013, a report by an FAA safety official vigorously recommended that the same level of oversight be applied to the commercial balloon industry as to airplane and helicopter tour companies, but that recommendation has not yet being followed. Stories like the recent one concerning the deaths of 16 people in the crash of a hot air balloon near Lockhart, Texas may give pause to potential passengers who wonder whether the spectacular views are worth risking their lives for.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injury as a result of an accident due to the negligence of another, you have legal recourse to obtain compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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