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December 2013 Archives

Man's family pursues wrongful-death lawsuit

Three weeks after a worker fell to his death from four stories at Texas A&M during renovation of the football stadium on Dec. 3, the family joined together to file a civil lawsuit on against the construction company and related businesses. The lawyer who represents the family explained that the man's mother and his children, ages 6 and 7, are pursuing unspecified damages in the wrongful death of the man, who was in his 20s.

Parents file lawsuit against school after son's death

The parents of a 17-year-old boy are pursuing legal action against a Texas school district after their son died in an ATV accident on his teacher's land. He was driving a four-wheeler with a passenger March 21, 2012 when it went into a ditch and struck a tree. Both occupants were ejected from the ATV, and the driver died at the scene. The other student suffered cuts and scratches. Neither student was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The wrongful death lawsuit names the district, the school principal and the owners of the property where the accident occurred.

Family wins shale wrongful death case

Families and employees working for the oil and gas industry around Galveston, Texas, may be interested in a civil trial that concluded in early December 2013. A jury in Dimmitt County recently sided with the family of a deceased employee in a wrongful death case against Heckmann Water Resources and one employee. The verdict against the shale company awarded the Texas family $284 million as compensation for their relative that was killed in a workplace accident.

SUV rollover death leads to $1 million product liability lawsuit

Survivors of an accident, which occurred on March 30 involving a 2005 Dodge Durango, filed a $1 million plus lawsuit in Galveston County District Court on Dec. 2. The deadly rollover accident, which occurred on I-45 South, was allegedly caused by the delamination of a left rear tire on the SUV. One person in the vehicle, a female passenger, was killed in the accident. She and a male passenger were ejected from the vehicle in spite of the fact that they were allegedly appropriately strapped in with their seat belts.

Texas group releases dangerous toys report

The Texas Public Interest Research Group recently published its "Trouble in Toyland" annual report. The report highlights common dangers posed by children's toys and is intended to inform parents when they are buying gifts for children. Not every toy is examined during the product investigation, but the report covers a sample of toys purchased off-the-shelf from toy stores in Austin, which are broken down into four categories of potential harm: noise, toxicity, magnets and risk of choking.

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