There have been several important cases regarding the Texas Tort Claims Act in 2009. As you may recall, the Texas Tort Claims Act governs the liability of governmental entities. Under Section 101.021 of the Civil, Practice and Remedies Code, the Texas Tort Claims act lays out the conditions under which a person may sue governmental entities with caps of $250,000 – $500,000 for bodily injury or death. A San Antonio personal injury attorney can guide you through the intricacies of pursuing a governmental entity for negligence.
According to the Act, the personal injury must have been caused by a condition or use of tangible personal or real property.
In one case, a family of a Dallas inmate who committed suicide with a corded telephone on his cell sued the county for negligence. The Texas Supreme Court ruled that governmental immunity was not waived because the inmate’s use of the telephone cord did not constitute a condition or use of tangible personal property within the definition of the Texas Tort Claims Act.