What are the most common types of wrongful death cases in Texas?
March 13, 2017 - Uncategorized
The most common types of 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 available damages. The most common wrongful death cases filed in Texas that might involve our Corpus Christi wrongful death lawyer follow.
Some of the Most Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases:
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.
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:
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught between equipment or objects
These types of accidents were responsible for more than 64 percent of all construction accident fatalities.
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 due to that deviation, a wrongful death action might follow.
Reyna is a knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate Corpus Christi wrongful death lawyer. If you believe that your family member died due to somebody else’s negligence anywhere in Texas, contact the Reyna law firm at 855-477-7100, or 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.