wrongful death claim is a civil action unique in the sense that it is the representative of the deceased that files it before the courts. Family members or estate representatives seek recompense from the party who caused the wrongful death, either through negligence or deliberate intent to harm.
What makes this case different from seeking justice through a criminal procedure is that a wrongful death claim focuses more on those who were left behind. The deceased may have been the breadwinner and with his or her death, the family loses its main source of financial sustenance. It could also be that the deceased was a single parent taking care of children. The children, represented by their legal guardian, can make a claim for wrongful death.
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