wrongful death


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

wrongful death

n.
A cause of action for civil damages based on a wrongful act or negligence that caused the death of a family member of the plaintiff.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wrongful death - a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence; a death that can serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the dead person's family or heirs
death, decease, expiry - the event of dying or departure from life; "her death came as a terrible shock"; "upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
The preceding Part is intended to impart on the reader the proposition that wrongful death actions are hard cases in the Dworkinian sense of the phrase.
In response to his death, the patient's estate brings a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging wrongful death against the doctor for his failure to diagnose and treat the patient's condition.
The administrators of the estate of Margaret Courtney commenced a wrongful death action against plaintiff (Sup Ct, Broome County, Index No.
If there was a TV or film version of Wrongful Death, do you have any casting ideas?
A train crash that took place earlier this month in Canada has spurred a wrongful death lawsuit.
Find out how Grayson & Grayson personal injury lawyers can help you in case your family is mourning the wrongful death of a member at: http://www.markgraysonlaw.com/expertise-areas/wrongful-death-cases/
As part of the petition, they sought a declaration that they were entitled to sue for wrongful death because they were equitable parents of DeBrodie.
A wrongful death plaintiff who did not learn the identity of one of the alleged tortfeasors until after the statute of limitations had run could not amend her complaint to add him as a defendant, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled.
Whitaker's death and the emotional shock the Whitaker boys suffered upon seeing their mother pinned between the house and her car and Clarence Whitaker coming upon the scene are part and parcel of their right to recover mental anguish under the wrongful death act."
ANNAPOLIS Maryland's top court will consider whether the general prohibition on minor children suing their parents survives the child's death, thus barring a youngster's estate from suing a parent for wrongful death.
Berreth's family also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Frazee.
District Court judge ruled that a wrongful death suit against a nursing home was subject to arbitration, the question should be certified to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.