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.

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The recall came more than a year after Ayers-McClintock's Dec. 30, 2016, death — after the deadline for the family to sue for wrongful death had expired. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Sheriff's Office blamed in golf-cart death of Sun City West woman," 19 Mar. 2018 Her family was later awarded $1.9 million in a wrongful death suit. Ariel Parrella-aureli, Chicago Reader, "365 Ways to Kill an American offers a new perspective on police brutality," 12 July 2018 Joe filed a wrongful death suit against Michael's attending physician, Conrad Murray, in 2010, but dropped it in 2012. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Joe Jackson, patriarch of Jackson family, dies at 89," 27 June 2018 The same claim is made in a federal wrongful death suit filed by DeBrodie’s mother and obtained by PEOPLE against Second Chance Homes, which also names Paulo and Flores. PEOPLE.com, "Developmentally Disabled Man Allegedly Did Labor for Caretaker Before Body Was Found Encased in Concrete," 8 June 2018 The father of a slain teen filed a wrongful death suit against him. NBC News, "Parkland officer Scot Peterson's message to families: 'I'm sorry'," 5 June 2018 News outlets report that Mary Margaret Oliver, the administrator of Diane McIver's estate, authorized the wrongful death suit against McIver and Dani Jo Carter. Fox News, "Lawyer convicted of murdering wife faces wrongful death suit," 26 May 2018 The City of Cleveland settled a $6 million wrongful death suit brought by Tamir's family. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Tamir Rice's Mother To Open Cultural Center In His Memory," 21 May 2018 In a non-musical sketch, Glover played an eccentric lawyer defending Jurassic World in a wrongful death suit. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, The Hollywood Reporter, "Donald Glover Brings Comedic and Musical Talents to 'SNL' Hosting Gig," 5 May 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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