wrongful death
noun Date: 1952 a death caused by the negligent, willful, or wrongful act, neglect, omission, or default of another

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  • 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. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • wrongful death — noun 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 • Hypernyms: ↑death, ↑decease, ↑expiry * * * noun, pl ⋯ deaths… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wrongful death — An action provided by constitution or statute to recover from one whose wrongful act, neglect or default has resulted in the death of another person. 22 Am J2d Dth § 2 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • wrongful death — Law. the death of a person wrongfully caused, as comprising the grounds of a damage suit. * * * …   Universalium

  • wrongful death action — n: an action that is brought by and in the name of the personal representative (as a spouse or parent) of one who dies a wrongful death and that seeks damages for the benefit of the survivors or the estate of the decedent compare survival action… …   Law dictionary

  • Wrongful death claim — Wrongful death is a claim in common law jurisdictions against a person who can be held liable for a death. The claim is brought in a civil action, usually by close relatives, as enumerated by statute. Under common law, a dead person cannot bring… …   Wikipedia

  • wrongful-death action — n. A lawsuit brought alleging damages from a wrongful act, default, or negligent behavior that resulted in the aforementioned s demise. Such action may be brought by the executor or administrator of the decedent s estate, as well as his or her… …   Law dictionary

  • wrongful death statute — noun A statute that provides relief from the common law rule that the death of an individual cannot be the basis of a cause of action in a civil suit …   Wiktionary

  • indictment for wrongful death — A form of proceeding formerly authorized by statute in some states for the recovery of damages for death by wrongful act. These statutes have been everywhere superseded by laws modeled on Lord Campbell s Act allowing a civil action. 22 Am J2d Dth …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • wrongful — wrong·ful / rȯŋ fəl/ adj 1: constituting a wrong; esp: injurious to the rights of another a wrongful act or omission 2: unlawful remained in wrongful occupation of the property a wrongful occupant …   Law dictionary

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