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

In 2012, the state agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit for the Department of Human Services’ failure to protect the teenager. oregonlive.com, "Oregon’s only woman on death row to get new trial: Judge says he’ll throw out her child-torture murder conviction," 9 July 2019 Tiger Woods is no longer a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a drunk driver who died last year. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Tiger Woods no longer a defendant in wrongful death lawsuit involving drunk driver," 25 June 2019 The company has been a defendant in more than 120 wrongful death lawsuits involving Tasers in the US, according to a 2017 Reuters analysis of legal filings. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Taser Maker Says It Won't Use Facial Recognition in Bodycams," 28 June 2019 This week, US District Court Judge Jorge L. Alonso of Chicago ruled to reopen discovery in the federal wrongful death lawsuit of Roshad McIntosh, according to court records. Rosa Flores, CNN, "Her son was killed by Chicago police. Five years later, a judge's ruling could bring her closer to getting answers," 27 June 2019 Black’s family settled a wrongful death lawsuit against Skanska for more than $1 million. Mark Olalde, AZCentral.com, "Backup cameras would save miners' lives. So why are mines fighting against using them?," 26 June 2019 Lawyers for the boy’s family hired to represent them in a wrongful death lawsuit publicly decried the process and hired their own experts who found the shooting was not justified. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot to be dedicated at Chicago museum: live coverage," 23 June 2019 Also in 2018, a federal jury in Denver returned a verdict against DaVita, awarding $383.5 million in wrongful death lawsuits brought by the families of three patients who died of cardiac arrest after treatments at the company’s dialysis clinics. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "FTC signs off on $4.3 billion acquisition of Denver-based DaVita’s medical group," 19 June 2019 Khafra's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Beckwitt on the anniversary of the Sept. 10, 2017, fire. Michael Kunzelman, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland millionaire gets 9 years in death of man building nuclear bunker tunnels," 17 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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