My brother was 65, retired from Exxon after 45 years and did not need to work. However, my boss was looking for someone experienced for problems we had at our job sites. Position was great, etc. After 4 months of bullying, isolation, no help and made to feel like nothing, on April 19, 2012 I walked him out to our parking garage, had a cigarette together before he left. That night he shot himself. I saw him go from an awesome man with great credentials, happy, then reduced to feel like nothing. I couldn't intervene, my boss was his boss as well. He did not need to work, but wanted to. He was used to working. I want to do this to show that the company cannot get away with this type of abuse. From the boss on down. I saw it with my own eyes. Any monies would go to his two sons.
First of all, I'm sorry for your loss. To lose a family is very painful, but to lose them to suicide, is a whole other kind of pain. Secondly, it could be very difficult to establish that the reason that your brother took his own life was as a result of the way he was treated at work. However, if you truly feel that you would be able to establish such a claim, then contact a local wrongful death attorney, for a consultation, in order to further discuss the facts surrounding your brother's death.
Linking up the suicide to a work situation would be a tough tough case. I am not licensed in Texas, but it would be extremely difficult. You can always discuss it with a Texas attorney. My condolences to you. Another issue is whether siblings in Texas can sue for wrongful death. Good luck to you.
I am sorry for your loss.
As the decedent's brother, you have no potentially valid wrongful death claim. Under Texas law, that cause of action is restricted to the spouse, parents and children of the deceased. Your nephews have standing to sue, but I'm afraid I have to agree with the other lawyers who have responded that this sounds like an extremely difficult, and perhaps impossible, case for anyone who might bring the lawsuit.
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