wrongful death

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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
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By keeping wrongful death claims in a public court, reckless health care providers will be held accountable in the public eye.
Her attorney advised her that there might be a wrongful death claim of uncertain strength against the company.
Adams had been hired by the estate for probate and to pursue the wrongful death claim.
In addition to other certified questions, the court had been requested to address whether the elements of economic damages awardable in statutorily created voluntary binding arbitration of a medical malpractice wrongful death claim are controlled by the provisions establishing the arbitration process set forth in the medical malpractice act or by the provisions controlling the elements of damages set forth in the Wrongful Death Act.
At the trial court level, plaintiffs from China and India filed a wrongful death claim in California for an airplane crash that occurred in China.
In Louisiana, a wrongful death claim is brought by a beneficiary to recover for damages suffered by him or her, which include: loss of love, affection, services, support and society, and grief.
To settle the wrongful death claim, the county paid $160,000 to the Jonas family - of which $62,000 went to attorney's fees and costs.
Mary Corson filed a lawsuit after school officials rejected her $10 million wrongful death claim.
They want him to pay compensation to the families of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman after they won a wrongful death claim.
The boy's guardian ad litem, Lynn Brock, filed a wrongful death claim against Smith and Dana Wedincamp, the driver of the other car.
Ronel Huggins in the wrongful death claim against Eastern Healthcare Group, the company responsible for providing health care for the Sumter County Detention Center.
The body of Lane - whose widow filed a $10 million wrongful death claim against the county last summer - was recovered by lifeguards within minutes of the crash.