wrongful death


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Death caused by negligence or other wrongful act

wrongful

Forensic medicine An adjective with considerable medico-legal currency, used in several contexts. See Negligence.
Wrongful
Wrongful death An event that is usually regarded as negligent. See Negligence.
 Wrongful birth An event resulting from the failure of a contraceptive or sterilization procedure, eg fallopian tube liagation, failure to diagnose pregnancy, or an unsuccessful attempt to abort a conceptus.
Wrongful life An event in which legal action may be taken by–or on behalf of the baby suffering from a hereditary or congenital defect, eg Down syndrome or other disease, eg rubella, who would not have been born had the parents had the knowledge to opt for an abortion; WL represents either the failure to diagnose in utero a condition that would lead to a major life-long handicap or recognize such a condition in a sibling, allowing a 2º, similarly afflicted, child to be born; the child is the defendant named in a lawsuit initiated to defray the incurred and anticipated medical, nursing and related health expenses; in both WB and WL, the defendant may be liable for support and care of the infant from 'cradle to grave'

wrongful death

Loss of life caused by negligent, illegitimate, or illegal acts.
See also: death
References in periodicals archive ?
34) Wrongful death statutes sought to address this limitation by "establishing a separate cause of action for the benefit of designated members of the family of a person whose life was wrongfully taken.
Additionally, legislative dominance over wrongful death has resulted in unfair statute of limitations provisions and limitations on damages.
This distinction presents the potential incompatibility between the loss of chance doctrine and wrongful death statutes.
Thus, we hold that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify its insured in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a noninsured based on the death of an insured where the policy excludes liability coverage for claims based on bodily injury to an insured.
Toyota settles first of hundreds of wrongful death suits
In addition, Grayson & Grayson Law Firm also handles medical, hospital and pharmaceutical malpractice claims, legal malpractice claims, liability and wrongful death claims.
However, because Natalie's survivors would experience their personal harms where they lived, the court decided that compensatory damages would be determined under Pennsylvania's wrongful death law, which included certain noneconomic damage elements.
Where application of Anglo-American law would result in no remedy whatsoever for an extrajudicial killing, however, application of foreign law recognizing a claim by a more distant relation in a wrongful death action is appropriate.
17) Moreover, because these persons are not subject to any comprehensive federal statutory scheme, courts are free to supplement the general maritime law with state wrongful death laws, including those that allow recovery of non-pecuniary damages.
One was the Addisons' contention that the lower court erred in ruling that Jerry lacked standing as a single co-administrator to maintain a wrongful death action.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, the claim for damages, aside from punitive factors, is largely tied to the financial loss suffered by the survivors--the deceased's future paychecks need to be replaced.
The singer's father Joe in June filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray but did not name AEG.