March 13, 2019

10 Things a Wrongful Death Attorney Wishes You Knew

If a family member has suffered as a result of personal injury or wrongful death, bringing a cause of action is not necessarily about personal gain. The individuals or businesses deemed responsible for the wrongful death are often forced into action to prevent the deaths of others, even if they’ve settled out of court. 

Here are some things you should know about personal injury and wrongful death cases.

March 13, 2019

Wrongful Death at Denny’s?

Q: Can a wrongful death lawsuit stem from a criminal activity?

Someone going to a Denny's restaurant might order a slam from the menu. What they would not expect would be a fatal chokehold on the side. But that's exactly what was reportedly served up to one man at the popular chain one night. And it wasn’t delivered by the staff.


March 13, 2019

Greek Life and Wrongful Death

Who is liable when a fraternity or sorority member dies at the fraternity/sorority house?

The family of a Texas A&M University student who died as a result of an overdose recently filed suit against the Sigma Nu fraternity house.  In the wrongful death lawsuit, the family of the deceased student named the fraternity itself and several of its members as defendants.  Anton Gridnev was found dead inside the Sigma Nu chapter house.

March 13, 2019

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?

A wrongful death claim arises when a loved one is killed due to the fault of another person or entity. If the victim would have a personal injury claim if he or she would have survived, then a loved one will likely have a wrongful death claim.

Loved ones can recover damages for the loss of a family member, including:

  • Pain and suffering that occurred before death
  • Lost future earnings
  • Funeral and/or burial expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Other family-related losses
  • Loss of inheritance

Only certain family members can assert wrongful death claims, however.

March 13, 2019

Texas Dram Shop Lawsuit after Drunk Stripper Kills Cop

Q: Is a bar or tavern owner liable for a drunk driving death caused by one who drank there then drove?

He died while on duty when his patrol car was struck "nearly head on by a drunken driver" who had just left her shift as a stripper. The hero police officer reportedly "took the hit for another citizen who was coming behind him."  He is survived by his reported common-law wife and their young son, who have commenced a wrongful death lawsuit against the stripper and the strip club owners.

March 13, 2019

Texas Family Sues Apple Following ‘Face Time’ Death

A Texas family has initiated a lawsuit against the technology giant Apple following the death of their five-year old daughter as a result of a horrific motor vehicle crash. According to documents released so far, the family claims it was involved in the collision due to the fact the other driver was actively using the ‘Face Time’ app while driving in traffic. The plaintiffs claim that, but for the use of the app, the entire accident would have likely been avoided.

March 13, 2019

Tragic Apartment Fire Leads to Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The laws of negligence assign liability to anyone who acts unreasonably and carelessly, causing injury and harm to another person. In most cases, there is no need for the responsible party to have acted intentionally, so long as their actions represent a deviation from reasonably “prudent” (i.e., careful) conduct. In some cases, negligent conduct results in the death of the victim from the injuries sustained in the accident.

March 13, 2019

Supreme Court Gives The Green Light To A Texas Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit

According to court documents and news reports, on May 16, 2013, police officers in Fort Worth executed a “no-knock” search warrant at a residence on Thannisch Avenue; bursting into the house without warning in a search for drugs. 34-year-old Jermaine Darden was in the home at that time, and his family alleges that the police officers’ actions killed him.

Darden’s family alleges that he suffered a heart attack and died after officers needlessly choked, kicked, and shot him with a stun gun. They filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officers involved at the scene and the city of Fort Worth.

Lawyers for the city contended that Darden tried to resist arrest, but witnesses said he made no attempt to flee, attack, or resist.

March 13, 2019

Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death? And Who Can Be Sued?

Over in Galveston County a tragic family drama is playing out. A young man is suing his father for the wrongful death of his mother. The case has a lot of people asking just who can sue for wrongful death, and who can be sued?

The Case That Has Everyone Talking

Johnny Eugene Oliphant has been charged with murder for the December 2016 shooting of his wife, Gina.