When the wrongful action of one person, such as negligence, personal attack, manslaughter, or murder, results in the death of another person. Wrongful death lawsuits allege that the death in question was attributable to the willful or negligent act of another.
An American tort law action which claims damages from any person who, through negligence or direct act or omission, causes the death of certain relatives (e.g. spouse, children or parent). These actions are commenced under special "wrongful death" statutes because under the common law, there is no right of action for survivors for their own loss as a result of someone's death.
When a wrongful act-- such as negligence, intentional attack, manslaughter or murder-- of one person results in the death of another. The family who has lost the company and support of the deceased may file a wrongful death action against the party or parties who caused the death.
Death caused by the fault of another. Examples of wrongful conduct that may lead to death include drinking and driving, manufacturing a deficient product, building an unstable structure or failing to diagnose a fatal disease.