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Definition of Wrongful Death

A wrongful death is a death caused by the actions of another person. The actions do not have to be intentional, only negligent, to be considered a wrongful death. The surviving spouse, minor children or parents of the deceased may be entitled to compensation after a wrongful death if they can prove the death was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person.

Beneficiaries who wish to receive compensation must prove they have suffered loss and file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within a specified time from the point of death. Recovery or damages for a wrongful death claim can include lost wage compensation, burial expense payments, medical cost reimbursement and punitive damages (in some states). If you have had a loved one die to the negligence of another person, talk to an injury lawyer for more information about the compensation you may be entitled to receive.

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