A claim made on behalf of survivors or beneficiaries when a person has died
as a result of wrongful conduct (either negligent or intentional). Such claims
are generally made by those who were financially dependent upon the deceased.
Damages recoverable as a part of wrongful death claims are measured as the loss
incurred by virtue of the deceased's having been deprived of a natural lifespan.
Such damages include medical expenses prior to death, loss of earnings during
the expected natural life of the deceased, and loss of consortium.