When someone dies as the result of negligence by another person, they aren’t able to bring a personal injury claim. However, under the Texas wrongful death statute, specific relatives of the deceased are able to bring a claim.
Under the statute, the following parties are entitled to bring a claim:
- A surviving spouse
- Parents of the deceased
While any of the above may file a claim, so too can a group of individuals who are all eligible if they agree to file together. Here are 5 common types of Texas wrongful death cases.
1. Automobile Accidents
Unfortunately, most fatal auto accidents are caused by driver negligence. Such types of negligence include:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
If an accident was caused by the condition of the road or the weather, the state itself may be held liable for damages.
2. Medical Malpractice
Medical professionals such as doctors and nurses work hard to help people. We put our trust in their knowledge and capabilities. But unfortunately, sometimes they make mistakes. When other people make mistakes it’s unfortunate, but when a medical professional makes a mistake with a patient, it can be fatal. The most common medical malpractice is misdiagnoses or failure to diagnose.
3. Defective Products
When we purchase a product off of the shelf, we have an expectation that it will be safe for us to use. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. When a company fails to release a safe product that leads to an injury or death, the company is at fault.
4. Workplace Accidents
Although some jobs have a greater risk for accidents than others, injuries and death are possible in any profession. If your workplace put an employee into a dangerous situation, which ultimately lead to their death, the company may be held responsible.
5. Nursing Home Abuse
Since our elderly population is one of the most vulnerable, it is also one of the groups most at risk. Elderly individuals who live in nursing homes are expected to take be well cared for. Unfortunately, sometimes people mistreat and abuse nursing home residents in a variety of ways:
- Physical abuse
- Financial abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Failure to monitor
- Failure to diagnose
- Negligence resulting in slip and fall accidents
The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Lost a Loved One Due to Someone Else’s Negligence
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, it is utterly devastating. And while nothing can bring your loved one back, by holding them accountable for their actions, it can help you to move forward. That’s why it’s vital that you understand to what you are entitled under the law. With this information under your belt, you can make the important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas wrongful death attorney.
At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!