Wrongful death actions (continued)

September 30, 2009 @ 04:33 PM -- by

Under the Wrongful Death Act, a surviving spouse is a statutory beneficiary. A surviving common-law spouse is also considered to be a statutory beneficiary. However, a surviving putative spouse is not considered to be a statutory beneficiary.

Wrongful death actions

September 22, 2009 @ 04:09 PM -- by

Two separate actions may be brought when wrongfully inflicted injuries lead to a person’s death. The first one is based on the Wrongful Death Act. This act provides a statutory cause of action for the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased. The act is intended to compensate them for the losses suffered as a result of the wrongful death. There is no common law wrongful death cause of action.