A wrongful death claim is a claim made against a person who can be held liable for the death of another, typically due to negligence or intentional killing.
In the case of intentional killing, these cases differ from a murder case in that a plaintiff’s lawyer only has to prove preponderance of the evidence as opposed to evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. For example, O.J. Simpson was found guilty of the wrongful death of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but was not found guilty of murder.
This type of case can be confusing, and the law regarding them often differs from state to state; so a case in Provo, Utah might play out differently from a case in the Empire State.
Understand this type of law from the ground up.