A "wrongful death" occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or entity. Wrongful death can be caused by a car, motorcycle, pedestrian, aviation, boating accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, work related accidents and inadequate security.
An action for wrongful death is brought by the Personal Representative of the Estate of the decedent. The Personal Representative brings the action on behalf of the “Estate” of the decedent and the “Survivors” of the decedent. The most common survivors are spouses, children and sometimes parents.