A wrongful death claim arises when a willful or negligent act of an individual results in the death of another. The claim is filed by the survivors, heirs, or beneficiaries of the decedent. The act leading to the death may be intentional or unintentional or may be due to negligence. A plaintiff must establish that the defendant’s act was the proximate cause of the decedent’s death. In computing damages, courts consider a number of factors including age, salary, inflation, life expectancy, nature of work, and the physical and mental health of the decedent.
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