Tex. Health & Safety Code Section 591.024
Civil Action Against Department Employee


The state attorney general shall provide legal counsel to represent a department employee in a civil action brought against the person under this subtitle for a claim of alleged negligence or other act of the person while employed by the department. The person shall cooperate fully with the state attorney general in the defense of the claim, demand, or suit.


The state shall hold harmless and indemnify the person against financial loss arising out of a claim, demand, suit, or judgment by reason of the negligence or other act by the person, if:


at the time the claim arose or damages were sustained, the person was acting in the scope of the person’s authorized duties; and


the claim or cause of action or damages sustained did not result from an intentional and wrongful act or the person’s reckless conduct.


To be eligible for assistance under this section, the person must deliver to the department the original or a copy of the summons, complaint, process, notice, demand, or pleading not later than the 10th day after the date on which the person is served with the document. The state attorney general may assume control of the person’s representation on delivery of the document or a copy of the document to the department.


This section does not impair, limit, or modify rights and obligations existing under an insurance policy.


This section applies only to a person named in this section and does not affect the rights of any other person.
Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Source: Section 591.024 — Civil Action Against Department Employee, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.­591.­htm#591.­024 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

§ 591.024’s source at texas​.gov