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Friday, November 9, 2018

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.


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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Suing Estates and Bar Owners for DUI Deaths

Q: Who can be sued if the drunk driver who caused the accident also died?

While state laws-- as well as the particular circumstances of an automobile accident-- differ, people who are seriously hurt (or the survivors of those who are killed) by a drunk driver who was also killed in the accident still may have legal recourse.

First, if someone is killed as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity, the closest surviving relatives of the victim can commence a wrongful death lawsuit to recover monetary damages.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Pedestrians Aren’t Always Safe on Sidewalks

Q: Who can sue after a hit-and-run accident?

DWI car accidents in Houston are responsible for causing serious personal injuries and fatalities. This is particularly true when the victim of the car accident is an innocent pedestrian who was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Without the protection of a car of their own, pedestrians hit by motor vehicles often die at the scene or shortly thereafter from the blunt force and trauma of their injuries.


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Amusement Park Accident Death Leads to Lawsuits

Q: Who is responsible for injuries in an amusement park accident?

Amusement park accidents can be the scene of some horrific injuries-- somehow more tragic because they often involve unsuspecting children who only moments before were likely laughing with delight.

The legal doctrine of premises liability, a subsection of


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Monday, June 11, 2018

Liability for Flood Water Electrocution Death in Houston

Q: Who is responsible for electrocution deaths in flooded areas?

A former Eagle Scout committed to rescuing animals died doing just that when he was reportedly electrocuted while wading through knee-deep water in a Hurricane Harvey flooded neighborhood.

As he was walking on a sidewalk en route to his sister’s house he reportedly "felt a current in his ankle" and allegedly told the friend accompanying him not to come near him as he was electrocuted to death. The electric current allegedly came from a light fixture on the property beside the sidewalk. Now his surviving family has commenced a


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Behavior On Which a Wrongful Death Claim Can Be Based


Q: Can an intentional malicious act be the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit?

When people think of a Texas personal injury lawsuit, they may think it arose from one of the more common accidents like medical malpractice or a car accident.

So, when police say a man admitted to punching his girlfriend’s baby hard in the head two times "causing the child's hands and feet to begin to twitch and shake" before "he died from blunt force injuries", most people think of the criminal charges.

But the alleged malicious infliction of harm which causes injury can be the basis of a civil personal injury lawsuit as well—regardless whether criminal charges are pursued.
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Liability for School Shootings

Can the parents of a school shooter be held accountable for his or her actions?

Parents send their children to school every day with the inherent belief that their child will be in a safe and supportive environment. When a school shooting occurs, it should cause all of us to pause and consider what can be done to prevent such tragedies. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, we are all struggling to determine just who is to blame for the deaths of 17 innocent students and educators.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

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.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

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.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Texting While Driving Law Change in Texas

Q: Will the new texting while driving law reduce accidents and personal injury claims?

Texas car accidents can be caused by a number of factors including driving while intoxicated, speeding, aggressive driving, weather conditions, mechanical defects, and more.


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