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

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 In October 2012 the family sued Walgreens, the doctor and his group practice, alleging wrongful death. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Family can sue Walgreens over woman's death after insurance denial, court says," 8 June 2018 Some advocates estimate that there were more than 1,000 wrongful deaths in custody during the Najib years. New York Times, "In Malaysia, Calls for New Leaders to Revisit Old Abductions and Deaths," 25 May 2018 Zeni’s daughter, Pamela Puryear, is suing PruittHealth — the for-profit company that owns the nursing home chain — and others, alleging wrongful death. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Family Sues After Former Model, 93, Is Allegedly Eaten Alive by Mites at Georgia Nursing Home," 3 May 2018 The parents and widower of a South Carolina newlywed who died during an American Airlines flight are suing the carrier, alleging wrongful death. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "'She stepped into her coffin': Relatives of passenger who died on flight sue American Airlines," 27 Apr. 2018 Raymond sued the sheriff’s department, alleging wrongful death and that the department manipulated the crash investigation to protect the deputy involved. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Judge declares mistrial on 1st day of arguments over fatal crash | Idaho Statesman," 25 Apr. 2018 Chris Royer of Krupnick Campbell law firm in Fort Lauderdale represents the estates of Macias and Rivero and brought the wrongful wrongful death and negligence lawsuit in March 2017. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jose Fernandez's lawyer claims fatal crash investigation framed Marlins ace," 3 Apr. 2018 The Texas Civil Rights Project filed a wrongful death claim against the government. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Border Patrol’s Last Line of Defense? It Isn’t at the Border," 9 July 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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