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Widow files lawsuit against restaurant

The widow of a man who died after he ate chicken strips from a fast food restaurant in Texas on Nov. 27, 2012, has filed a civil lawsuit against the company. The wrongful death case stems from an incident when he purchased the chicken at a drive-through that evening and ate it. During the early morning hours of Nov. 28, she woke up because he was sick. He eventually was on the floor in excruciating pain. He was transported to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a bacterial infection. While there, he had a heart attack, but was resuscitated. He was released from the medical facility on Dec. 7 but returned twice for the same illness. On Dec. 12, he again collapsed in pain at home and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of death was listed as a bacterial infection.

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.

Number of deaths due to medical mistakes

People in Texas might be alarmed to hear that according to recent estimates released by the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die every year due to medical errors that were preventable. If the newest research is really the case, then medical mistakes would be the third-leading cause of death among people, behind cancer and heart disease.

Family of elderly couple wins lawsuit against Domino's Pizza

A Texas jury decided that Domino's Pizza is 60 percent responsible for a fatal accident caused by one of its employees. The delivery driver crashed into an elderly couple after he lost control of his vehicle, killing the woman and leaving her husband permanently disabled. The jury awarded the family $32 million because the company did not enforce its own policy requiring them to inspect their driver's vehicles.

Nursing home accused of worngful death

A Port Arthur, Texas, nursing home has been accused of letting a man die from dehydration, malnutrition and severely infected pressure ulcers, according to a lawsuit. The plaintiffs said that the man was not given enough water and developed the ulcers during a six-week stay at the nursing facility.

Accident at Texas Six Flags leads to fatality

Six Flags is investigating the death of a woman at their Six Flags Over Texas park. The woman reportedly fell from the ride while it was in motion. Emergency personnel who responded to the accident declared the woman dead at the scene. A spokeswoman for the theme park stated that the ride has been closed since the incident.

Four Texas prison inmates die due to extreme heat

The Texas Civil Rights Project and a Texas lawyer have filed wrongful death suits on behalf of four prison inmates who died of heat stroke while incarcerated. All four men, who were serving time for nonviolent crimes, had known medical conditions that made heat a greater threat.

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