Wrongful death claim facts for kids
Wrongful death is a claim against a person who can be held liable for another person's death. This can be because of negligence, misconduct, or murder. Wrongful death lawsuits usually follow a criminal trial. They may use the same evidence but they have a lower standard of proof.
The claim is brought in a civil action, usually by close relatives, based on tort laws. This is a relatively new concept. Common law did not allow for this type of lawsuit. In the United States, state and federal laws have changed during the last century to allow this kind of action.
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of Benefits
- Loss of companionship
- Pain, suffering and/or mental anguish
- medical bills, funeral costs, etc.
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