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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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Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit Santa Cruz Sentinel Santa Cruz Sentinel
Santa Cruz Sentinel Family settles wrongful death lawsuit Santa Cruz Sentinel Santa Cruz Sentinel Allard said he insisted that the defendants39 attorney, Craig Farmer, agree to disclosing the financial amount to send a message to trucking companies that do not and more raquo

Orcutt Family Wins 13M Wrongful Death Suit Against Hillshire Brands Co. Lomp...
Lompoc Record Orcutt family wins 13M wrongful death suit against Hillshire Brands Co. Lompoc Record After his death, the Lopez family hired Jeffrey Kaiser, of Kaiser Gornick LLP in Walnut Creek, and filed a wrongful death suit in October 2015. The suit stemmed from an investigation that found an abandoned plant six miles west of Santa Maria, formerly and more raquo

Bob Simonaposs Widow Settles Wrongful Death Suit New York Post
New York Post Bob Simon39s widow settles wrongful death suit New York Post The family is relieved that this portion of the case is behind them, said Howard Hershenhorn, attorney for Francoise Anne Marie Simon. Skyline Credit Ride will pay Simon an undisclosed sum to end the suit. The details of the deal are subject to a

Husband Of Woman Killed In Saco Shawaposs Files Wrongful Death WGME
WGME Husband of woman killed in Saco Shaw39s files wrongful death WGME PORTLAND BDN The husband of the woman killed two years ago in the ice cream aisle of the Shaw39s Supermarket in Saco has filed a wrongful death and more raquo

When His Helicopter Went Down, The Family Sued Over His Death. A Judge Says T...
Fresno Bee When his helicopter went down, the family sued over his death. A judge says they can39t Fresno Bee A Fresno County Superior Court judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a Fresno paramedic who was killed in a Skylife air ambulance helicopter crash in December 2015. Judge Jeffrey Hamilton ruled this week that the legal

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