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 Centerpoint Energy faces a wrongful death lawsuit in Houston relating to storm response. Roger Conrad, Forbes, "Texas Power Crisis: An Emerging Buying Opportunity," 1 Mar. 2021 Their family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in August against the city of Encinitas, the state and entities tied to a condo complex built on land that overlooks the state beach. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bluff collapses in Del Mar; no one hurt," 28 Feb. 2021 Thomas’ six daughters in February filed a wrongful death lawsuit against L.A. County and Lancaster. Los Angeles Times, "Sheriff’s Department reform in Antelope Valley has lagged for years, court monitors say," 25 Feb. 2021 In a lawsuit reported first by CBS News, his family accused Robinhood of wrongful death, negligent infliction of emotional distress and unfair business practices. Michael Kaplan, CBS News, "Robinhood announces expanded customer phone support in wake of CBS News investigation into the death of Alex Kearns," 24 Feb. 2021 Bradford’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the case. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Man charged with assault in Thanksgiving 2018 Riverchase Galleria shooting that injured child, teen," 24 Feb. 2021 Reinhold's family is suing the county for wrongful death. Robert Jablon, Star Tribune, "California deputies who shot man debated whether to stop him," 18 Feb. 2021 Sharron thought her only recourse was to instead seek payment for wrongful death — a tall order, given her mother’s history of COPD and the amount of time that had elapsed between the Camp Fire and her passing. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, "Some PG&E fire victims in a race against time to get paid," 1 Feb. 2021 Suneja and her family sued Boeing in September, demanding a trial for wrongful death. Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg.com, "Pilot’s Mother Criticizes FAA, Boeing for Rushing Max Return," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wrongful death

1952, in the meaning defined above

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4 Mar 2021

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“Wrongful death.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongful%20death. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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