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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Before discussing Moreno, however, an explanation regarding what it means to utilize a Dworkinian approach in arguing the validity of the common law wrongful death principle is necessary.
This distinction presents the potential incompatibility between the loss of chance doctrine and wrongful death statutes.
Inasmuch as it is well-settled that this statutory language excludes coverage for wrongful death claims, Insurance Law [section] 3420(g) provides an independent basis for concluding that defendant has no duty to defend or indemnify plaintiff in the underlying action (see Allstate Ins.
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The only issue the Supreme Court addressed on appeal was whether the statute of limitations for wrongful death actions is tolled when a plaintiff does not discover the identity of an alleged tortfeasor during the statutory period.
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Focus: Jury Instructions Wrongful Death Claim Hasib Karahodzic, a commercial truck driver for E.J.A.
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