Many people in Texas have lost loved ones due to cigarette smoking and its serious health effects. In a Florida case, a gay man was awarded over $157 million for a wrongful death case filed after his husband died from lung cancer linked to cigarette smoking. His lawyer said it was the first such case on record involving a same-sex couple. The man's husband was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 1996. He lived with the disorder for 22 years until he died from the effects of the disease in 2018.
Texas residents may be interested to learn that a fatal incident at SunTrust Park, home ballpark of the Atlanta Braves, has resulted in the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit. In June 2018, the man who invented a dispensing system that would reduce the average pour time for beer died while installing this system at SunTrust Park. Working overnight before a game day to install it, he was found in a concession stand beer cooler the following day.