Fatal Work Accidents


Baytown Fatal Workplace Accident Attorneys Pursuing Compensation for Families After a Tragic Loss

Baytown Fatal Work Accidents

Employers have a legal obligation to ensure a reasonably safe workplace for all employees.

Baytown is known for its robust industrial economy and its status as a major oil-producing city. Baytown offers residents employment opportunities with oil and gas companies, as well as other top industries like healthcare, automotive and retail. While many of Baytown’s employers do everything they can to keep workers safe, occasionally a tragic accident results from a third-party’s negligent actions. At The de la Garza Law Group, our committed team of Baytown wrongful death lawyers helps families understand their rights and pursue claims against the negligent parties responsible for their loss.

Mario did a great job on my case. He was extremely responsive and easy to work with. Thank you Mario and team for all your help. – Elizabeth W.

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Types of Fatal Workplace Accidents

In 2019, Texas recorded 608 fatal occupational injuries, marking a 25 percent rise from the 488 reported in 2018. The nationwide figure for fatal work injuries was 5,333 that year.

Fatal workplace accidents can occur in many different ways. For example, a worker can get injured because of malfunctioning machinery or by encountering hazardous chemicals. Many on-the-job accidents are preventable and are the result of negligence. The de la Garza Law Group handles fatal workplace accident claims of all kinds, including those in the following industries:

  • Oil and gas
  • Construction and demolition
  • Transportation and shipping
  • Electrical
  • Warehousing
  • Manufacturing

Workers in certain industries are at a higher risk of suffering fatal injuries than others. The trade, transportation, and utility industries had the highest number of fatal work injuries in Texas in 2019, accounting for 33 percent with nearly 200 incidents. The construction industry came second, with 123 incidents that represented 20 percent of fatal work injuries.

Damages Available in a Baytown Fatal Workplace Accident

Nothing can bring back a family member who was killed in a senseless workplace accident, however a monetary award can help relieve stressful financial burdens. Monetary damages consist of actual damages, and in some cases, exemplary (punitive) damages.

Actual damages include pecuniary losses, mental anguish, loss of companionship and society and loss of inheritance. Pecuniary losses include the loss of the decedent's earning capacity, advice, counsel, services, care, maintenance and support. They may also include expenses for the family member's psychological treatment that resulted.

Loss of inheritance is defined as the present value that the victim would, in reasonable probability, have added to the estate and left at natural death to the statutory beneficiaries, but for the wrongful conduct that resulted in the death.

In some cases, a judge or jury can award exemplary (punitive) damages. Unlike actual damages, punitive damages are not designed to compensate the plaintiff for their injuries. Instead, punitive damages focus on punishing the defendant for their, especially egregious behavior. Punitive damages are rare and are awarded when the plaintiff can prove that the death was caused by the wrongdoer's willful act or omission or gross negligence.

Baytown Wrongful Death Actions Against a Negligent Employer

Employers have a legal obligation to ensure a reasonably safe workplace for all employees. However, it can be too easy for employers to prioritize profits over safety, putting their workers at risk of injury. When employers fail to meet their duty to workers, they can be held accountable.

After a fatal workplace accident, the spouse, children and parents of the deceased victim can bring wrongful death actions for the hams that result from the death of their loved one. Also, the deceased victim's estate can bring a survival action for the pain and anguish that the deceased suffered prior to death, and for medical and funeral expenses.

At The de la Garza Law Group, we command an in-depth understanding of the legal doctrines governing these cases, as well as the practical workings of the region’s most common industries. This enables our lawyers to pursue full and fair compensation for our injured clients effectively.



“I was very pleased with how everything was handled in this case and the outcome as well. His team is very professional and I would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you Mr. De la Garza and Team.”

- Lisa, Wrongful Death Client

What is a Wrongful Death Action?

A wrongful death action is a type of Texas personal injury cause of action or claim that family members can bring to obtain compensation for the loss of their loved one. Under Texas law, a spouse, child and parent can bring a wrongful death claim.

To establish liability in a Baytown wrongful death claim, the claimant must show that their loved one died as a result of the defendant's "wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default."

What is a Survival Action?

When a negligent employer or contractor causes a fatal accident, the victim's estate can recover damages that the deceased victim suffered as a result of the wrongdoing.

The "survival" action is brought on behalf of the deceased for the deceased's damages, including their physical pain and mental anguish that preceded the death, their medical bills, and their funeral expenses.

It is called a "survival" action because the claim "survives" the death of the deceased, allowing the deceased's estate to bring the claim.

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Contact The de la Garza Law Group to Speak With an Experienced Baytown Fatal Workplace Accident Lawyer

At The de la Garza Law Group, we know that no two cases are the same. Every client is special. Every case is personal. We know that in order to help our clients obtain the justice they deserve, we must get to know our clients and how the accident has impacted their lives. For this reason, we spend significant time getting to know the details of each client's case and always maintain awareness of the client's goals for the representation.

If you recently lost a loved one due to a fatal workplace accident, contact The de la Garza Law Group today. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation. To learn more, call 713-999-6573, or call toll-free at 844-784-1010.

We proudly represent clients in Baytown and throughout Texas, including all major metropolitan areas. We represent many clients throughout the greater Houston area, including Harris County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Jefferson County, Chambers County, Waller County and Montgomery County, including The Woodlands, Pearland, Pasadena, Baytown, Clear Lake, Galveston, Conroe and Sugar Land.


Thank you! You guys are #1 to me.

Mr. Mario de la Garza and his team are one of a kind and hands down the best law firm in Houston. They really do care about you and take your case seriously. He takes your calls and actually takes the time to talk to you and explain how everything is going to work and he leaves no questions unanswered. I also want to say his team is the best! Lidia thank you so much for always replying to all my emails, calls and messages. All though I know I was a pain at times, she was always so responsive, patient and would always return my calls when she said she would. – Christina L.


I was fortunate to have him on my team and recommend him highly.

Mario de la Garza is a good lawyer. He secured insurance reimbursement for a personal injury that has taken 2.5 years settle. He was compassionate and patient and provided good counsel when solutions appeared non- existent. He was tenacious with medical providers, coordinated payments on a timely basis and worked well with insurance companies. I was fortunate to have him on my team and recommend him highly. - HP


My experience with The de la Garza Law Group was phenomenal.

Me being a 21 year old juggling my time as a full time employee and a full time college student dealing with a car accident sounded terrifying, but with the help of Mr. Mario de la Garza all my worries went away. He made the process so easy and met every one of my expectations and more. I would highly recommend The de la Garza Law group to anybody especially young adults who are terrified of having to deal with a car accident for the first time. Trust and believe The de la Garza Law Group will not disappoint. - Stefanie G.


Mario fought for every single penny in my case.

I was in a 18 wheeler car accident late August 2019. And as soon I got out the hospital, I looked up a good Injury attorney law firm to help me with this case. And the De la Garza law firm was the first one to pop up. They took care of me throughout the nine months. They have a great staff. With great people. I give them 5/5 stars. Mario fought for every single penny in my case. You got to respect a lawyer that’s willing to go beyond for you. I highly recommend De la Garza’s law firm. Thank you guys. - JW


I would definitely use Mario again.

The one thing that made me at ease with him was that when I would text him, I would get a response every time within 10 minutes or less. There was always an answer from him every time I had a question. He was always on time or a few minutes early when we had to meet up for things pertaining to my case. He would even work & reach out to me about my case on Saturdays & Sundays (7 days a week). I would definitely use Mario again if needed and would highly recommend him to someone else needing an attorney. - Robert C.


We are extremely grateful to The de la Garza Law Group

Our case pertained to an auto-pedestrian collision involving a commercial vehicle that resulted in catastrophic injuries to my brother. Unfortunately, and ultimately these injuries resulted in his wrongful death due to this hit and run in the Houston area. On behalf of my family, we are extremely grateful to The de la Garza Law Group for all their legal assistance. Mario de la Garza personally assisted in all legal matters pertaining to/and getting settlements for all medical bills and restitution for the family until the matter was concluded. We highly recommend this firm.
– Mariann B.


His team is very professional and I would highly recommend to anyone.

My experience with Mr. De la Garza was very pleasing during a difficult time. My case was a workplace injury causing serious injuries that unfortunately lead to a wrongful death. He was very patient with all of us due to several families being involved in this case and worked well with us all. I am glad he didn’t turn down our case (like others did). I was very pleased with how everything was handled in this case and the outcome as well. His team is very professional, and I would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you, Mr. de la Garza and team. – Lisa L.


I fully recommend The de la Garza Law Group for any legal representation.

Attorney Mario de la Garza, who is fluent in English and Spanish, is very professional and passionate about his work. My daughter and I are very satisfied with the outcome. At The de la Garza Group you will find a friendly and communicative staff, which along with the attorney, will handle your legal case with a very positive and professional demeanor. - Desiree D.


Thank you for your help.

My experience with De la Garza law group was a very long pleasant experience it was a little difficult to keep up with it since this was my 1st experience with an attorney, but he did really great to keep in touch even though I have a very busy schedule with work and hard to reach and was very informative before, and during the whole process. Thank you, Mr. de la Garza for your help. – Denise G.


It’s like a breath of fresh air having someone like Mario fight for you.

I have been a client of Mr. De la Garza two times now where he shows professionalism and honesty and a definite care for the people he represents. I got in a car accident in February and it caused such a hardship coming close to an end. It’s like a breath of fresh air having someone like Mario not only represent you but fight for you. I hope not to have any more accidents but if I did I will look forward to working with him again! – Ashley V.

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