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Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is the term for ending the life of another in a manner that is unlawful and unjustified as it pertains to a civil court matter.  In a wrongful death action, the aggrieved party is usually one or more family members of the deceased.  The defendant who caused the death is most often being sued for monetary damages.

The defendant has fewer rights and protections than in a criminal trial and the the standard of proof is usually the preponderance of the evidence instead of beyond the shadow of a doubt.  A defendant in a wrongful death suit may also find himself or herself the defendant in a criminal case of murder, manslaughter or other criminal charge related to the death.  The one type of court action does not exclude the other.

Under common law there was no provision to seek damages for a wrongful death.  Most States have now enacted laws that provide for civil judgments in addition to criminal penalties.  Civil trials for wrongful death only make sense if the family filing the suit can reasonably expect to recover money sufficient to pay for legal expenses, which can be quite high, and a reasonable award.

 

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Mother Vows To Drop Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Easton Police Lehighvall...
lehighvalleylive.com Mother vows to drop wrongful death lawsuit against Easton police lehighvalleylive.com Almost three years after Lois Spaziani39s son was shot by an Easton police sergeant, the Northampton woman has decided to drop her lawsuit against the police and more raquo

Family Sues Indian Boarding School In Pierre For Wrongful Death Sioux Falls ...
Sioux Falls Argus Leader Family sues Indian boarding school in Pierre for wrongful death Sioux Falls Argus Leader The family of a girl who died after a suicide attempt at a federal Indian boarding school has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government. Emerson Little Elk of Todd County says the Pierre Indian Learning Center39s staff failed to

Manaposs Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Columbus Police The Co...
The Columbus Dispatch Man39s family files wrongful death lawsuit against Columbus police The Columbus Dispatch The family of a man who died days after he was in Columbus police custody filed a federal lawsuit against the police division Thursday seeking more than 2 Family files wrongful death suit against Columbus Police NBC4i.comNBC4i.com Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Columbus Police After Man Dies In CustodyWOSU Public Media all 10 news articles raquo

Law Expert: Wrongful Death Lawsuits Are Common Legal Tactics KCCI Des Moines
KCCI Des Moines Law expert: Wrongful death lawsuits are common legal tactics KCCI Des Moines A statement prepared on behalf of the family reads in part: They wish to thank the Des Moines Police Department and the Polk County Attorney39s Office for their diligence in investigating Kirk39s death. The family is hopeful the suit will bring closure

Logan Nursing Home Accused Of Negligence, Wrongful Death Pharostribune.com
pharostribune.com Logan nursing home accused of negligence, wrongful death pharostribune.com The son of a man who died while a resident at a Logansport nursing home is accusing the facility of negligence and wrongful death. Indianapolis based Powless Law Firm P.C. posted about the complaint on its website on Oct. 6. The post cites a proposed

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