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Estate names multiple defendants in wrongful death suit

When a person loses his or her life and a third party is believed to have been responsible, the person's estate may choose to file a wrongful death suit against that third party. Additionally, if multiple third parties are believed to have been negligent, then the estate can name each party as a defendant in the suit. The estate of a woman who lost her life in 2013 has named multiple defendants in a Texas wrongful death lawsuit.

On Dec. 11, 2012, the 74-year-old woman fell on the first defendant's property. The estate claims that the defendant placed cinder blocks on her property without the obtaining the correct permits and without posting a warning. Additionally, the defendant is accused of failing to call emergency services when the woman claimed that she did not feel well. The woman died on Feb. 10, 2013, after exhibiting signs of possible brain damage.

The suit further claims that the second defendant -- the woman's doctor -- did not administer an autopsy. The third defendant was the woman's funeral director, and he allegedly did not notify the estate of a bruise found on the woman's body. The fourth defendant is an insurance company who denied the woman's personal injury claim prior to her loss of life.

The estate claims that the defendants were deliberately indifferent to the woman's condition, and seeks injunctive and declaratory relief for unspecified damages. The man bringing this lawsuit has chosen to represent himself in court, and his relationship to the deceased was not disclosed. However, legal help is available in our state for all Texas residents who wish to pursue wrongful death litigation. These attorneys can provide invaluable knowledge and guidance through the civil process.

Source: setexasrecord.com, "Man names insurer, others in wrongful death suit", Carol Ostrow, March 5, 2015

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