wrongful death statute


wrongful death statute
A statute that provides relief from the common law rule that the death of an individual cannot be the basis of a cause of action in a civil suit.

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  • Wrongful death claim — Wrongful death is a claim in common law jurisdictions against a person who can be held liable for a death. The claim is brought in a civil action, usually by close relatives, as enumerated by statute. Under common law, a dead person cannot bring… …   Wikipedia

  • wrongful death — An action provided by constitution or statute to recover from one whose wrongful act, neglect or default has resulted in the death of another person. 22 Am J2d Dth § 2 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • indictment for wrongful death — A form of proceeding formerly authorized by statute in some states for the recovery of damages for death by wrongful act. These statutes have been everywhere superseded by laws modeled on Lord Campbell s Act allowing a civil action. 22 Am J2d Dth …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • Death on High Seas Act — A federal statute which applies to death caused by wrongful act, including neglect or default, on the high seas more than a marine league from the United States, and authorizes suit for damages in an admiralty court, by the personal… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • penal statute — A statute which defines and prescribes the punishment for a criminal offense. A statute which provides a penalty enforceable in a civil action. A statute, such as a wrongful death statute, providing for an assessment of damages with reference to… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Martin Anderson death controversy — Martin Lee Anderson (c. January 15, 1991 – January 6, 2006) was a 14 year old from Florida who died while incarcerated at a boot camp style youth detention center, the Bay County Boot Camp,[1] located in Panama City, Florida and operated by the… …   Wikipedia


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