A civil action against someone who’s tortious injury caused someone’s death.
- Example : Rita ran a red light and struck Johnny’s car. Phil, a passenger in Johnny’s car passed away due to injuries he sustained as a result of the crash. Phil’s parents sued Rita for Phil’s wrongful death.
- Example : Hank was angry at Joe and threw a hammer at him. The hammer missed Joe and struck Kate. Kate died as a result of her injuries from the hammer. Kate’s husband sued Hank for Kate’s wrongful death.