Wrongful death claims is the general term for cases that involve the death of a person. Wrongful death claims are claims brought by either representatives of the estate of a person who was killed as the result of the acts of another or by family members of the deceased person. Wrongful death claims arise from the same kind of circumstances as personal injury claims. The difference is that the victim dies in a wrongful death claim.
There are special laws that control who may bring a wrongful death claim. Like personal injury claims, wrongful death claims may arise from many circumstances. Some examples are motor vehicle collisions, semi-truck collisions, defective products, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and unsafe railroad crossings.