Tag: Texas

Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Sam Houston Electric Cooperative

The family of a Liberty County, Texas, resident who died on November 29 last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the local power company.

Lester Berry, 70, had congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease that required constant oxygen supply.

The lawsuit alleges that Berry was not able to get oxygen because Sam Houston Electric Cooperative cut off his electricity connection. It further claims that although he owed $129.62 for a previous month’s bill, the power company knew about his recurring illness and in the past had given him up to four months to pay bills.

The lawsuit accuses the power company of gross negligence and wrongful death, and is seeking over $1 million in damages.

Family of TSU Student Shot Outside Residence Hall Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

cropped-Fotolia_72101625_XS.jpgThe family of a Texas Southern University freshman shot to death outside a residence hall has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

On October 9 last year, Brent Randall was heading to class in the afternoon when he was shot to death outside his dorm room in Courtyard Apartments.

The family alleges that the university failed to provide sufficient security to the students on campus. According to the lawsuit, another student was shot outside the same apartment complex less than 12 hours before Randall was shot and therefore, the university “knew or reasonably should have known of the dangerous condition of the premises.”

Family Files Lawsuit After African-American Woman’s Apparent Suicide in Texas Prison

arbitration The family of 28-year-old African-American Sandra Bland, who apparently committed suicide in a Texas prison cell, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Bland was arrested by a white trooper, Brian Encinia, for not giving lane-change indicator while driving in Prairie View, Texas, on July 10. She was found dead in her cell 3 days later. A trash bag was found around her neck, raising suspicion of racist treatment.

According to the lawsuit, Encinia “intentionally, willfully, wantonly, and unreasonably deprived Sandra Bland of her rights, privileges and immunities secured by the U.S. Constitution.” In addition to Encinia, the lawsuit also includes Waller County, sheriff’s department and 2 jailers as defendants.

Widow Sues Helicopter Company after Husband’s Death in Crash

aviationA woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Westwind Helicopters Inc., of Santa Fe, Texas, in the death of her husband Rory R. Bourgeois.

According to the plaintiff Trinidad Bourgeois, her husband was travelling in the Galveston County based company’s helicopter on June 11, 2014. The helicopter crashed and Bourgeois’ body was found inside the wreckage, in the water.

The lawsuit, worth more than $1 million, claims that the company is responsible for the pilot’s alleged negligence.

Victim’s Family Awarded Over $16 Million in Drunk Driving Wrongful Death Lawsuit

autoA Hamilton family will get more than $16 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against Hamilton Healthcare Center, Texas.

The lawsuit accused the nursing home of allowing a drunk employee, Alisa Prueitt, to drive home. As per the court documents, Prueitt was asked to go home because she was ‘unfocused’. On her way home, she rammed her car into a vehicle driven by Sam Graham. Graham was killed in the accident while his wife and 2 children were injured.

The lawsuit claims that Prueitt’s blood alcohol level was 0.40 at the time while the threshold for considering a driver drunk is 0.08.

Following the accident, Prueit was sentenced to 28 years in prison for intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter.

The jury awarded $16.7 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, to the family of Sam Graham.