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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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House Weighs Options For Wrongful Death Compensations Columbia Missourian
Columbia Missourian House weighs options for wrongful death compensations Columbia Missourian JEFFERSON CITY A Missouri mother with a mental illness killed herself and her three children in 2012. The surviving father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital that released her. The father39s attorney said the monetary loss he

Motions To Be Heard In Huguely Wrongful Death Civil Case NBC 29 News
NBC 29 News Motions to be Heard in Huguely Wrongful Death Civil Case NBC 29 News A civil court battle involving a former University of Virginia student guilty of second degree murder will make headlines this week. Lawyers for both George Huguely and the estate of Yeardley Love will both be in court on Thursday, February 22. They39ll

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving St. Lucie County Deputy Goes To Trial WPEC
WPEC Wrongful death lawsuit involving St. Lucie County deputy goes to trial WPEC A wrongful death lawsuit filed against the St. Lucie County Sheriff39s Office is now going to trial. A judge for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the case will proceed to trial against Deputy Sheriff Christopher Newman for the death and civil

Trial Date Set In Tony Gwynn Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Times Of San Diego
Times of San Diego Trial Date Set in Tony Gwynn Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Times of San Diego A Sept. 20, 2019 trial date has been set in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Tony Gwynn39s wrongful death lawsuit finally has a trial date setYahoo Sports Tony Gwynn tobacco lawsuit set for 2019 trial USA TodayUSA TODAY all 4 news articles raquo

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