Products liability lawsuits that frequently make the news concern allegations against manufacturers and sometimes sellers of items that are not consumable items. A lawsuit may allege that a defective vehicle ignition was to blame for injury-producing accidents, or that a poorly designed component item of equipment in a factory caused the death or injury of a worker there.
Wrongful death statutes exist in every state to ease the financial hardships and emotional burden that a fatal truck accident or a fatal car crash can have on a family that loses a loved one. In Texas, there are limitations on who can benefit from a wrongful death action, the compensation available and the length of time within which the action must be commenced.
Medical malpractice law is ordinarily a way in which medical professionals can get into trouble for making negligent mistakes. And in the vast majority of cases, this is the angle that courts and juries consider. But what happens if a doctor can use the Texas medical malpractice law defensively, as a way to avoid liability? This is the theory being tested in a case involving an accident between a car, and a cow owned by a retired doctor.
It is not uncommon for a truck driver in a multi-vehicle accident to be injured and to also be, to some extent, responsible for causing it to happen. If the accident were to happen in a state that applies the concept of contributory negligence, the injured driver might not be able to recover compensation for his or her damages.