wrongful death


Definition of wrongful death

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

Examples of wrongful death in a Sentence

She filed a wrongful death suit against the hospital, alleging that its negligence led to her daughter's death.

Recent Examples on the Web

For almost four years the wrongful death suit presented a plot masterminded by Dina. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Deaths That Rocked a Wealthy Southern California Enclave," 4 Apr. 2018 The release of Covey’s name came one day after Roberson’s mother amended a wrongful death lawsuit filed last year. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 NOW Starting Monday morning, 12 jurors in the wrongful death suit filed by Mims' family over his death will decide which description fits best. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Lawsuit over 2013 police shooting of Charlotte man goes to jury today | Charlotte Observer," 9 Apr. 2018 If Uber’s vehicle was defective or its testing program was unreasonably dangerous in any respect that caused the crash, Uber is legally responsible for her wrongful death. Mark Geistfeld, Time, "Why the Next Person Hit by a Driverless Car Might Not Be Able to Sue," 30 Mar. 2018 Earlier that day, Smith's parents and estate filed a wrongful death lawsuitagainst the city and its former officer in federal court. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-Milwaukee cop tied to Sherman Park unrest pleads to lesser charges in sex case," 18 Jan. 2018 Beckwitt's father, David, owns the Bethesda property but lives in Burke, Virginia, according to the wrongful death lawsuit. Michael Kunzelman, Fox News, "Man sued over deadly fire in secret tunnels under his home," 13 Sep. 2018 The family of Antwon Rose II, the 17-year-old black teen fatally shot in June by a police officer in western Pennsylvania, has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit, the Tribune-Review reported. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Antwon Rose's Family Filed a Lawsuit Saying the Cop Who Fatally Shot Him Had a History," 2 Aug. 2018 The family of Taylor Clark, an off-duty Chicago police officer who died after running a red light and striking and killing another motorist at Roosevelt Road and Kostner Avenue last summer, is suing the city, claiming wrongful death. Ese Olumhense, chicagotribune.com, "Family of off-duty Chicago cop killed in high-speed crash while fleeing police sues city," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of wrongful death

1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wrongful death

law : a death caused by someone's mistake or by someone's improper act

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Legal Definition of wrongful death

: 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

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