When The Unknown Become Known In Wrongful Death Actions

Law360, New York (September 20, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT) -- Wrongful death actions are quite commonly pled in products liability, mass tort and medical malpractice cases that involve tortiously inflicted death. A wrongful death action seeks to recover damages incurred by those who have suffered because of a decedent’s death, rather than damages incurred by the decedent. These people are often referred to as beneficiaries and generally may include any living spouse, parent or child of a decedent.

When all of a decedent’s beneficiaries file a wrongful death action jointly, the procedural nature of the action...
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