Wrongful Death Claim

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Definition - What does Wrongful Death Claim mean?

A wrongful death claim is a claim against a party for loss of life as a result of a negligent or willful act. The claim may be filed by a surviving family member or loved ones of the deceased.

A wrongful death claim is a civil suit, as opposed to a murder charge, which is a criminal suit.

Insuranceopedia explains Wrongful Death Claim

Wrongful death claims are filed for deaths resulting from malpractice, accidents, and other forms of negligence.

The claimed damages can include:

  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Medical expenses prior to the death
  • Pre-death pain experienced by the deceased
  • Lost love and companionship

The deceased's family members or loved ones may still file a life insurance claim even after a successful wrongful death claim. It would supplement their life insurance benefit rather than replace it.


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