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Please find, below, selected case laws decided by Supreme Court of Texas or Court of Appeals of Texas where the terms personal injury or related terms have been mentioned. These cases are not necessarily personal injury and may include cases where the facts or court decision merely mentions personal injury related legal terms. You are not to rely on these cases as legal advice nor should you rely on them for accuracy. Please see Terms of Service.

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Hoffmann-La Roche - 3/27/2003
This is an accelerated, interlocutory appeal from the trial court's denial of Appellant's, Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., special appearance in a product liability and negligence action. For the reasons stated, we affirm. I. SUMMARY...

In re Sheard - 3/27/2003
This is an original proceeding in habeas corpus arising out of enforcement proceedings in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship. On January 15, 2003, Lisa Renee Sheard filed a motion to enforce a child support order....

Sanderson v. Vela - 3/27/2003
Appellant Sanderson appeals a summary judgment granted in favor of appellee Vela in a personal injury suit stemming from a motor vehicle accident. In his summary judgment motion, Vela asserted that the suit was barred by the...

Rodgers v. Dallas Area Rapid Transit - 3/27/2003
After Michael D. Rodgers, appellant, had rested in the bench trial of his personal injury case, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) filed a motion for directed verdict and final judgment. The trial court granted the motion and entered a...

Joyner v. Commission For Lawyer Discipline - 3/26/2003
The Commission for Lawyer Discipline brought this disciplinary action against Roger Joyner, alleging violations of multiple provisions of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. Following a non-jury trial, the trial...

In re Tenet Healthcare - 3/25/2003
Relator, Tenet Healthcare, Ltd., d/b/a Brownsville Medical Center, filed a petition for writ of mandamus on September 5, 2002, complaining of the actions of the respondent, the Honorable Benjamin Euresti, Jr., presiding judge of the...

A.G.E. - 3/20/2003
This case involves a dispute over a right of first refusal. Henderson Buford acquired a piece of commercial property subject to a pre-existing ground lease. The lease agreement contained a first refusal granting the lessee the option...

Walker v. Ricks - 3/20/2003
Appellant, Lois Bernice Walker ("Walker"), appeals from the trial court's order granting the motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict of appellee, Catherine Ricks ("Catherine"). By a single issue, Walker contends the trial...

Barker v. Roelke - 3/20/2003
This appeal involves an effort to set aside release agreements executed to settle tort claims arising from a serious automobile accident. A vehicle operated by Jackie Jay collided with a vehicle operated by Ronald Henry Roelke on...

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center v. Mendoza - 3/20/2003
This is an interlocutory appeal of the trial court's denial of Appellant's plea to jurisdiction. Jesus Roberto Mendoza, individually and as temporary guardian of the estate of Alicia Mendoza, Jesus Roberto Mendoza, Jr., and Rosa...

Progressive Youth Services - 3/20/2003
This case involves a commercial general liability insurance policy. The trial court granted the insurance company's amended motion for summary judgment against its insured on the grounds the insurance company had no duty to defend...

Thomas v. White - 3/20/2003
Cynthia M. White enrolled her child, Gearrin M. White, in Amelia Elementary School and its after school daycare program. On the first day, she arrived at school at approximately 4:30 p.m. to pick up Gearrin and was informed by the...

Republic Underwriters Insurance Company v. Mex-Tex - 3/19/2003
"Oh, but if we could just say what we mean and mean what we say." The dispute before the court involves the interpretation of an insurance policy and the insurer's liability for purportedly failing to abide by it. The players consist...

In re CNA Holdings - 3/19/2003
The issue presented in this original proceeding concerns the denial of a motion for a legislative continuance. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 30.003 (Vernon 1997); Tex. R. Civ. P. 254. Because we hold that the trial court...

Roberson v. Howell - 3/14/2003
L.T. Roberson appeals from the dismissal of his in forma pauperis, pro se inmate suit against Appellees Malisa Howell, Tracy Passmore, and Michael D. Black. In three issues, Appellant asserts the trial court erred in dismissing his...

Mullins v. Estelle High Security - 3/13/2003
Appellant appeals from an order, signed November 20, 2001, dismissing his case with prejudice. Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure 26.1 provides, with certain exceptions, that to perfect an appeal, an appellant must file his notice of...

Henry v. Thompson - 3/13/2003
Vira M. Henry, appellant, appeals from a jury verdict awarding her $500.00 in actual damages and no punitive damages. In eight issues, appellant argues that the trial court erred in (1) not awarding taxable court costs to appellant;...

City of El Paso v. Segura - 3/13/2003
Eduardo Segura filed this suit against the City of El Paso, Texas, Martin Alvarado, and the Dan Williams Company after he was injured in a motorcycle accident on a public street. The City filed both a plea to the jurisdiction and...

Smith v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Company - 3/13/2003
Ramona Smith sued Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and Steven T. Miller for damages she allegedly suffered as a result of an automobile accident. The trial court granted Southwestern Bell summary judgment on Smith's claims against...

Rea v. Hampton - 3/10/2003
Jerrie Rea has filed an appeal from a summary judgment taken against her in her medical malpractice lawsuit against David Hampton, M.D. The judgment was signed on November 15, 2002, and the record was therefore due no later than...

In re Liberty-Dayton Hospital - 3/6/2003
When denying relief, the Court may hand down an opinion but is not required to do so. Tex. R. App. P. 52.8(d). We advise the parties of our decision in this memorandum opinion. Tex. R. App. P. 47.4. Mandamus will issue only to...

Columbia Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth Subsidiary - 3/6/2003
I. Introduction On November 13, 1998, appellee Carol Szurek filed suit against appellant Columbia Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth Subsidiary, L.P. ("Columbia") for employment discrimination based on her perceived disability,...

Anderson Courier Service v. State - 3/6/2003
In this case, we examine the constitutionality of House Bill 1544 ("H.B.1544"), which amended section 38 of the Texas Penal Code. The bill provides that a person commits a Class B misdemeanor if he uses certain accident report...

Wichita Falls State Hospital v. Taylor - 3/6/2003
Argued on April 3, 2002 This is an interlocutory appeal in a wrongful-death lawsuit against Wichita Falls State Hospital for violations of the "patient's bill of rights," which is codified at chapter 321 of the Texas Health and...

Bonham v. Texas Department of Criminal Justice - 3/6/2003
Kristy Bonham appeals the district court's grant of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's (the "Department") plea to the jurisdiction and the final judgment that dismissed her claims against the Department. At issue is whether...

Breault v. Psarovarkas - 2/28/2003
Robert O. Breault ("Breault") sued John Psarovarkas ("Psarovarkas") for nonpayment of a promissory note (hereafter referred to as "the Renewal Note") made in 1997 in the amount of $56,538.00. The Renewal Note was given for the unpaid...

Chaney v. Corona - 2/28/2003
REVERSED AND RENDERED Thalia Chaney ("Chaney") appeals the trial court's order denying her motion for summary judgment based on an assertion of immunity. Chaney contends the trial court erred by: (1) denying Chaney's motion to...

Tamez v. Mack Trucks - 2/27/2003
After excluding the expert witnesses of appellants, plaintiff and intervenors below, the trial court granted the motion for summary judgment of appellee, Mack Trucks, Inc. ("Mack Trucks"). We reverse the trial court's summary...

Gilliam v. Wilson - 2/27/2003
This is an appeal from a summary judgment in a wrongful death suit under the Medical Liability and Insurance Improvement Act, TEX. REV. CIV. STAT. ANN. art. 4590i (Vernon Supp. 2003). The trial court granted summary judgment in favor...

Scripps Texas Newpapers - 2/27/2003
Appellant, Scripps Texas Newspapers, L.P. (Scripps), a media defendant, brings this interlocutory appeal pursuant to section 51.04 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §...

Pennsylvania Pulp & Paper Company - 2/27/2003
This case arises from an insurance-coverage dispute between appellant/policyholder Pennsylvania Pulp & Paper Company, Inc. and appellee/insurer Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Pennsylvania Pulp sued Nationwide to recover the...

Moore v. Kelsey-Seybold Medical Group - 2/27/2003
Appellant, Ann Moore, individually, as representative of the estate of her deceased husband, Frederick Moore, and as next friend of their two children, brought this medical malpractice action against appellees, Kelsey-Seybold Medical...

Entravision Communications Corp. v. Belalcazar - 2/27/2003
Appellant, Entravision Communications Corporation (Entravision), a media defendant, brings this interlocutory appeal pursuant to section 51.04 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §...

State v. PR Investments and Specialty Retailers - 2/26/2003
In this eminent domain case, the State of Texas appeals from a judgment in which the trial court (1) dismissed the State's petition for condemnation without prejudice and (2) awarded appellees PR Investments (PRI) and Specialty...

In re Houston Northwest Partners - 2/21/2003
Relators Houston Northwest Partners, Ltd., individually and d/b/a Northwest Medical Center, along with Renee Branch, R.N., filed a petition for writ of mandamus seeking to stop the transfer of a cause pending in Harris County to the...

Brookshire Grocery Co. v. Smith - 2/20/2003
Robert Elton Smith filed suit in 1994 against appellant, Brookshire Grocery Company, his nonsubscriber employer, for injuries he sustained on the job in 1992. Finding Brookshire Grocery negligent, a jury returned a verdict in Smith's...

In re Rodriguez - 2/20/2003
In this original proceeding, relator Pablo S. Rodriguez, M.D. seeks a writ of mandamus requiring respondent the Honorable Patrick A. Pirtle, Judge of the 251st District Court of Potter County, Texas, to vacate an order granting an...

Taylor v. Davenport - 2/20/2003
Appellants, Shannon Taylor and William H. Taylor, Jr., sued appellees, Gordon E. Davenport, Jr., Charles M. Jordan, and I. Nelson Heggen, for legal malpractice after the Fourteenth Court of Appeals affirmed the summary judgment...

Murray v. Ford Motor Co. - 2/18/2003
This is a subrogation claim. Walter and Magnolia Murray brought this action on behalf of State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company (State Farm) against Ford Motor Company to recover amounts paid to them by State Farm. The trial judge...

Sterling v. Alexander - 2/13/2003
O.J. Usoro represented Gwendolyn Sterling, Hazel Clayborne, Nikki Sterling, and Kindell Carrier in a personal injury lawsuit. He appeals from the trial court's imposition of sanctions against him pursuant to chapter 10 of the Civil...

Sherman v. Merit Office Portfolio - 2/10/2003
In this appeal, appellant Allan Sherman, M.D. challenges a judgment entered in favor of appellee Merit Office Portfolio, Ltd. (Merit Office). In doing so, he presents one issue in which he posits the trial court reversibly erred in...

Honda of America Manufacturing - 2/6/2003
This is a products liability suit. A jury awarded Brian Norman, individually and as sole administrator of the estate of Karen Leslie Vivienne Norman, deceased, and Mary Norman, individually, (the Normans) $65 million in compensatory...

Hernandez v. Piziak - 2/6/2003
Julia F. Hernandez appeals the district court's dismissal of a medical malpractice lawsuit against Veronica K. Piziak, M.D. and Scott & White Memorial Foundation d/b/a Scott & White Memorial Hospital ("appellees"). In two...

Daniels v. Lyondell-Citgo Refining Co. - 2/6/2003
After James B. Daniels died of lung cancer allegedly caused by workplace exposure to benzene, Daniels's wife and daughter sued Lyondell-Citgo Refining Co., Ltd., Atlantic Richfield Company, and Lyondell Chemical Company f/k/a...

Padron v. L&M;Properties - 2/6/2003
Appellees This is a suit involving personal injuries received as a result of an electrical shock. The trial court entered a summary judgment in favor of L&M;Properties and L&M;Properties, Inc., individually and d/b/a...

[W] Law Offices of Windle Turley - 2/6/2003
Introduction The primary issue we must decide in this case is whether the trial court properly granted appellees summary judgment on the Law Offices of Windle Turley's (LOWT's) petition in intervention to recover attorney's...

Cresthaven Nursing Residence v. Freeman - 2/5/2003
Appellees Deborah Freeman (Freeman), Denise Corbello and Lynette Calvert, the daughters of Wanda Granger (Granger), sued appellants Cresthaven Nursing Residence (Cresthaven) and its owner Cantex Healthcare Centers d/b/a Cresthaven...

Bay v. Thorn - 2/5/2003
In this personal injury case, Michael Bay appeals the jury's verdict finding him negligent and awarding Kyle Thorn $360,000 in damages. In five issues, Bay contends the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the...

Sheldon v. State - 1/30/2003
Motion for Rehearing Overruled March 6, 2003. STEPHENS STRATTON SHELDON, APPELLANT v. THE STATE OF TEXAS, APPELLEE FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF TRAVIS COUNTY, 299TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT NO. 9014100, HONORABLE JON N. WISSER,...

EMI Music Mexico - 1/30/2003
Appellant, EMI Music Mexico, S.A. de C.V. ("EMI Mexico"), a Mexican corporation, brings this accelerated interlocutory appeal of an order denying its special appearance. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 51.014(a)(7) (Vernon...

Burnam v. Patterson - 1/30/2003
OPINION Maria Burnam and Jessica Contreras, individually and as next friend of a minor child, Ashley Johnson, (Burnam and Contreras), present two issues challenging a summary judgment denying them any recovery against Lois...

Admire v. H.E. Butt Grocery Company - 1/30/2003
Robert G. Admire Jr., appellant, fell from a ladder leading to H.E.B. Grocery Company's roof top while working as an independent contractor servicing H.E.B.'s refrigeration units. Admire sued H.E.B. for negligence. A jury found that...

Hodgkins v. Bryan - 1/30/2003
Barry M. Hodgkins, Jr. appeals a summary judgment in favor of R.A. Bryan, M.D. and Memorial Radiology Associates. In four issues, appellant contends the no-evidence summary judgment should be reversed because: (1) the record reveals...

Bexar County v. Walker - 1/29/2003
REVERSED; CAUSE DISMISSED FOR WANT OF JURISDICTION While an inmate in the Bexar County Detention Center, Robert L. Walker slipped on a "wet and soapy floor." Walker sued Bexar County under the Texas Tort Claims Act, alleging...

Kshatrya v. Texas Workforce Commission - 1/29/2003
Bakulesh Kshatrya appeals the trial court's order granting the Texas Workforce Commission's and Riddle Technologies, Inc.'s pleas to the jurisdiction. The order dismissed Kshatrya's claims asserted under section 61.051 of the Texas...

Garcia v. Sunbelt Trading (Kansas) - 1/29/2003
AFFIRMED This appeal arises from a maritime personal injury case. Appellant Juan Garcia was injured while unloading cargo from a vessel pursuant to his employment as a longshoreman. He sued appellee Sunbelt Trading (Kansas),...

Texas Department of Criminal Justice v. Diller - 11/27/2002
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice ("TDCJ") appeals the denial of its plea to the jurisdiction. Lorene Diller, individually and as personal representative of the estate of her deceased son, Michael Thomas Diller, sued TDCJ...

Nueces County v. Ferguson - 11/27/2002
This is an interlocutory appeal from the denial of a plea to the jurisdiction. In two issues, appellants Nueces County ("the County") and Sheriff Larry Olivarez ("the Sheriff") assert that the trial court erred in denying their plea...

Hardin v. Dykes - 11/27/2002
James Frank Gilbert and Palestine Independent School District ("PISD") appeal from the trial court's denial of their immunity-based motion for summary judgment in this personal injury suit filed by Charles Avery Dykes and Yvonne Dykes,...

Reedy v. Webb - 11/27/2002
Donald Reedy ("Reedy") appeals the trial court's order granting summary judgment in favor of Crayton Webb ("Webb") and Gaylord Broadcasting Company ("Gaylord") (collectively "Appellees"). Reedy raises four issues on appeal. We affirm. ...

Victoria Electric Cooperative - 11/27/2002
Dissenting Opinion by: Alma L. López, Justice, joined by Phil Hardberger, Chief Justice, and Catherine Stone, Justice REVERSED AND RENDERED We grant the Motion for En Banc Reconsideration filed by Barbara O. Williams,...

[W] Union Pacific Resources Company v. Cooper - 11/27/2002
OPINION WITHDRAWN and new opinion filed January 22, 2003. UNION PACIFIC RESOURCES COMPANY, APPELLANT v. EUGENE H. COOPER AND WIFE, MARJORIE ANNE COOPER, APPELLEES APPEAL FROM THE 402ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF WOOD...

City of Pasadena v. Olvera - 11/27/2002
In this workers' compensation case, a jury found that Guadalupe Olvera sustained a compensable injury while working for the City of Pasadena and that he gave the City timely notice of the injury. The jury, however, found that Olvera...

Zuniga v. Healthcare San Antonio - 11/27/2002
AFFIRMED IN PART AND REVERSED AND REMANDED IN PART In this appeal, we consider whether the trial court properly characterized Janie Zuniga's claims for common law negligence and violations of the Patient Bill of Rights as health...

Snyder Communications v. Magana - 11/27/2002
This is an interlocutory appeal from the trial court's order certifying a class and adopting a trial plan. Appellees Josefina Magaña, Maria D. Escalon, Elvira Lorena Quiroga, Maria Luz Figueroa, Maria Isabel Lopez, Donna M....

University of Texas at San Antonio v. Trevino - 11/27/2002
AFFIRMED This is an appeal from the trial court's denial of a plea to the jurisdiction filed by appellant, the University of Texas at San Antonio ("UTSA"). We hold that the appellees' ("the Trevinos") petition sufficiently...

Wilkins v. Collin County - 11/26/2002
In three points of error, Joanna Wilkins, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Jeannette Wilkins, appeals the trial court's dismissal of her claims against Collin County (the County) and the State of Texas (the State),...

Thompson v. Beyer - 11/26/2002
Appellant Lloyd G. Thompson, M.D., sued Chester W. Beyer, M.D., and others for medical malpractice. Beyer filed a motion to dismiss and to award costs and attorneys' fees. On January 26, 2001, the trial court granted Beyer's motion...

Puls v. Columbia Hospital at Medical City Dallas Subsidiary - 11/25/2002
This is a medical malpractice case. In a single point of error, Mary Puls, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Richard J. Puls, M.D., deceased; Alan Puls, M.D.; Larry Puls, M.D.; and Gloria Gaschler contend that the trial...

Combustion Engineering - 11/21/2002
In this appeal from a no-answer default judgment, we are asked to decide whether a rule 11 agreement, filed after the judgment was granted, cured a deficiency in service of process. We hold that because it did not, the trial court...

Thatcher v. Yarborough - 11/21/2002
This is a premises liability case between a landlord and a tenant. The landlord, Russell G. Thatcher, is appealing an adverse jury verdict in favor of the tenant, Amanda Yarborough, for injuries she suffered to her back as a result...

Chesapeake Operating - 11/21/2002
Two personal injury claims emerged from a drilling site in a Louisiana wood. Both followed the strangely well-worn path to trial courts in Texas. There, the tangle of Texas and Louisiana oilfield indemnity statutes led two very...

Deponte v. Tutt - 11/21/2002
Randal Lane Deponte sued Elnora S. Tutt for damages resulting from a vehicle accident. The jury found Deponte and Tutt each 50% negligent in causing the accident, but awarded Deponte zero damages. The trial court entered a...

City of Galveston v. Gray - 11/21/2002
In this wrongful death suit, the City of Galveston and County of Galveston bring an interlocutory appeal complaining of the trial court's "implicit" denial of their respective pleas to the jurisdiction. In the event we determine the...

Zacharie v. U.S. Natural Resources - 11/20/2002
AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED IN PART AND REMANDED Patricia Zacharie, Cheryl Zacharie, and Marsha Zacharie (the "Zacharies"), the children of Martha Ray Zacharie, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Martha Ray Zacharie,...

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