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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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The rule, as found in the text-books, is, that whosoever does an illegal or wrongful act is answerable for all the consequences in the ordinary and natural course of events, though these consequences be directly brought about by the intervening agency of others, provided the intervening agents were set in motion by the primary wrongdoer; or, provided their acts, causing the damage, were the necessary or legal and natural consequence of the original wrongful act.
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The rule that wrongful death was absent at common law is believed to have its origins in 1808.
13) If, however, the accident victim was killed, instead of "merely" injured, the victim's loved ones would not be able to sue for wrongful death based on common law principles, because most courts maintain that there is no right of action for wrongful death.