wrongful death
wrongful death n: a death caused by the negligent, willful, or wrongful act, neglect, omission, or default of another
sought damages for the wrongful death of their murdered daughter

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

wrongful death
n.
A statutory offense or tort for death caused by a wrongful act or negligence for which an action can be brought on behalf of the dead person’s beneficiaries.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


wrongful death
A death caused by the wrongful act of another, either accidentally or intentionally. A claim for wrongful death is made by a family member of a deceased person to obtain compensation for having to live without that person. The compensation is intended to cover the earnings and the emotional comfort and support the deceased person would have provided.
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


wrongful death
The taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


wrongful death
The taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

wrongful death
n.
   the death of a human being as the result of a wrongful act of another person. Such wrongful acts include: negligence (like careless driving), an inten- tional attack such as assault and/or battery, a death in the course of another crime, vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter or murder. Wrongful death is the basis for a lawsuit (wrongful death action) against the party or parties who caused the death filed on behalf of the members of the family who have lost the company and support of the deceased. Thus, a child might be entitled to compensation for the personal loss of a father as well as the amount of financial support the child would have received from the now-dead parent while a minor, a wife would recover damages for loss of her husband's love and companionship and a lifetime of expected support, while a parent would be limited to damages for loss of companionship but not support. A lawsuit for wrongful death may be filed by the executor or administrator of the estate of the deceased or by the individual beneficiaries (family members).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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