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Wrongful Death

A claim that a person or organization is directly responsible for the death of a person. A wrongful death claim is brought in a lawsuit in a few common law jurisdictions, notably the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Wrongful death lawsuits are brought by relatives of the deceased. Some analysts believe these lawsuits are an easier way to punish suspected murderers because only a "preponderance of evidence" or a "balance of probabilities" (as opposed to "proof beyond a reasonable doubt") is required for a judgment. One prominent example of this occurred in the 1990s when former football player O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murder but judged liable for wrongful death.
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A wrongful death claim was filed against Eastern Healthcare and several other defendants.
On the other hand, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against an individual or non-governmental entity.
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The firm's legal team handles the full range of personal injury cases and works closely with clients to guide them through the personal injury or wrongful death claim process.
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The court found that a wrongful death claim was stated by the allegation that the juvenile's death was caused by a bedsheet left unsupervised in his cell.
As for the wrongful death claim, the district is arguing that the other student in the fight, who also is a defendant in the lawsuit, is responsible, Lomax said.
Corson's mother, Mary Corson, on Thursday filed a $10 million wrongful death claim against the Palmdale School District, claiming the school staff was negligent in allowing the fight to take place, which the Corson family's attorney said was triggered by a racial epithet cast by the other boy against Stephan.
Bayer's family has filed a wrongful death claim against the city, alleging improper training of its officers.
Holland handles each personal injury and wrongful death claim.