Hazing Injuries and Hazing Deaths in Texas
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Hazing is any behavior or action that results in intimidation, harassment or violence to a member of a group. There is a misconception among these organizations that hazing builds unity. However, hazing is about power and control. It can result in serious psychological or physical harm. It may also result in the death of the hazing victim.
At The Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz, III PC, we represent hazing victims and their families. If you have been seriously injured due to hazing, or you have lost a child to hazing, reach out to our hazing lawyer to discuss your situation during a free, confidential consultation.
What Is Hazing in Texas?
Under Texas hazing law, hazing is “any intentional, knowing, or reckless act” that is “directed against a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.” In order to be considered hazing, the act must involve or subject the victim to:
- Physical brutality. Physical brutality may include whipping, beating, paddling, branding or similar acts.
- Coercion to consume drugs and/or alcohol. Coercing the victim to consume drugs and/or alcohol in an amount that any reasonable person would believe the victim is intoxicated is hazing.
- An unreasonable amount of harm. This encompasses many types of acts, including, but not limited to sleep deprivation, confinement in a small space, and substance consumption.
- Violations of the Penal Code. This includes any act that forces or causes the victim to violate the Penal Code.
Attorney Daniel D. Horowitz, III and his team fight for Texas hazing victims and their families. In former cases, Daniel and his team have filed wrongful death claims against the individuals and organizations responsible for hazing deaths. We have handled multiple hazing cases, and continue to represent families that demand justice for the loss of their children to hazing.
Where Does Hazing Occur?
Hazing happens at a variety of institutions across America. It commonly occurs in educational institutions. According to StopHazing.org, 55 percent of college students involved in an organization experience hazing. Hazing occurs on or off campus, in a variety of organizations, including, but not limited to:
- Sports teams
- Honor societies
Who Is Liable for a Hazing Death in Texas?
Individuals or parties who commission hazing, participate in hazing, allow hazing to occur, or fail to report hazing may face disciplinary action at school and criminal charges. If a death occurs, these individuals and/or parties may be liable for a hazing death.
Liable parties may include:
- Hazing participants (i.e. students)
- Local organization and/or chapter
- National organization and/or chapter
In most hazing injury or death cases, colleges and universities have avoided liability based on the “no duty” rule. This rule states that the relationship between a college and a student is purely educational. The university bears no responsibility to govern student behavior.
Contact Our Houston Hazing Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
We have the experience and resources needed to handle your hazing injury or wrongful death case. Our firm has recovered over $100 million in settlements and verdicts for grieving Texas families.
We know that no amount of compensation could ever replace the loss of your child. Yet, we believe that you and your family should not also have to shoulder unnecessary financial burdens during your time of grief.
Call us at (832) 225-4902 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We will start by listening to you and your concerns and answering any questions you may have. Then, we can help you understand your potential legal options.