Monday, March 13, 2017

What are the most common types of wrongful death cases in Texas?

Wrongful death cases aren’t heard in the criminal courts. They’re civil cases that sometimes might spin off of a criminal case like negligent homicide in a drunk driving case. Texas Statutes section 71.001 allows wrongful death cases to be filed in the state. The statute also governs who can file a wrongful death case and the types of damages that are available. The most common wrongful death cases filed in Texas that might involve our Corpus Christi wrongful death lawyer follow.
Motor vehicle crashes
These accidents involve negligence like distracted or fatigued driving, speeding or failure to yield the right-of-way that ultimately kills a passenger, another driver, a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Motor vehicle crashes are the most common reason for wrongful death lawsuits in Texas.
Construction accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 21.4 percent of all work-related fatalities occur in the construction industry. OSHA classified the causes of those deaths as the “fatal four.” Those include:
  • Falls
  • Being struck by an object
  • Electrocution
  • Being caught between equipment or objects
These types of accidents were responsible for more than 64 percent of all construction accident fatalities.
Medical malpractice
Doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers make more mistakes than you would think. Sometimes those mistakes end up as fatalities. They might operate on the wrong person, body part or perform the wrong procedure on a patient. When they deviate from their standard of care, and a patient dies as a result of that deviation, a wrongful death action might follow.
J. Reyna is a knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate Corpus Christi wrongful death lawyer. If you believe that your family member died as a result of the negligence of somebody else anywhere in Texas, contact the J. Reyna law firm at 855-477-7100, or just email us here. You don’t need a penny in your pocket to talk to us or retain us. We don’t even get paid unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
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