survival action


Legal Definition of survival action

: an action for the recovery of damages for injury to a fatally injured person that is brought by his or her personal representative — compare wrongful death action

Note: A survival action depends on the existence of a cause of action that the decedent would have had if he or she had survived. A wrongful death suit is concerned with injury to beneficiaries, not the decedent.

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“Survival action.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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