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Can I sue for punitive damages in my Texas wrongful death claim?

The state of Texas recognizes that a wrongful death has occurred when someone is killed through the negligent, careless or unskilled actions of another. In most wrongful death cases filed in Texas, juries are permitted to seek punitive damages in cases where a person's wrongful death was caused by especially egregious actions. In other words, punitive damages are often awarded as a way to punish a party for his or her bad actions. Punitive damages also serve to act as a deterrent to similar future wrongful actions.

The importance of justice in your Texas wrongful death lawsuit

The death of any loved one is a sadly unfortunate event for any family. Even more tragic is when a family member is prematurely killed as a result of a preventable accident. In addition to their grief, the untimely loss of a family member often plunges the victim's survivors into financial hardship. Many families have difficulty even paying for funeral and burial costs, not to mention the added difficulty of having to deal with ordinary household expenses with one less source of income.

The decision to retain an attorney for a wrongful death claim

In Texas, there are only a few individuals who are authorized to seek compensation in wrongful death lawsuits. Generally, a wrongful death occurs whenever an individual is killed by the negligent or wrongful actions of another. In most cases involving a wrongful death lawsuit, the ability to file a claim or cause of action is limited to the surviving spouse, children and parents of the deceased.

Fatal accident at DuPont plant in Texas kills 4, injures 1

Last weekend, four workers died and another was injured at a DuPont plant. In the incident that caused the deaths and injury, a faulty valve led to the release of around 100 pounds of methyl mercaptan. This insecticide component is fatal in even small amounts. Our readers in Texas might be interested to learn that the factory where the incident happened has been previously cited for problems.

Wrongful death: From compensation claims to probate issues

When you lose a loved one in a horrible accident, such as the tragic helicopter crash we covered last week, your thoughts might turn to the emotional side of your loss. You might find yourself reliving memories you have of the person. You might find that you are sad or angry about losing your loved one. Another realization that you will come to is that you might have to deal with your loved one's final arrangements. From there, you might also have to deal with settling his or her estate.

Medical helicopter crashes in Texas, patient killed, 3 hurt

Medical flights are usually reserved for only the sickest of sick people. They are usually used when life-saving measures that are necessary for the patient aren't available at one hospital. When a person gets onboard one of these medical flights, they don't expect to die on the flight. Certainly, their family members expect that they will land safely at the destination hospital. For one patient, an accident while he was on the medical flight claimed his life.

Wrongful death claims must meet certain qualifications

Last week, we discussed the possibility of seeking exemplary damages in a wrongful death case. That information might have some of our Texas readers wondering exactly what it means when someone is suing for wrongful death or accused of wrongful death. A wrongful death claim has some very specific qualifications that must be met.

What are exemplary damages in a Texas wrongful death claim?

Under Texas state law the surviving spouses, children and parents of a person killed by a wrongful act are entitled to sue the responsible party for compensation. Texas defines a wrongful act as something which causes the death of another by means of negligence, carelessness unskillfulness or default.

Fiery fatal accident allegedly caused by drunk driver

People who are intoxicated or impaired can't react to the normal situations that occur on the roadways. This is one of the reasons why drunk driving is against the law. When people don't follow this law, horrible accidents can happen. One accident on Texas 71 just west of Bastrop that was allegedly caused by a drunk driver claimed the life of a man.

Construction worker killed in fatal accident, driver charged

The choices a driver makes on the road can have a profound impact on those who are on the roadways with the driver. This is especially true when the driver is driving in an unsafe manner through a construction zone that is full of workers. A recent accident along State Highway 161 in Texas is an example of how unsafe driving can rip someone away from his or her loved ones in an instant.