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Any death that occurs as a result of a negligent or intentional act can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death claims are usually brought by the deceased person's family or estate. This is a civil action seeking compensation, not a criminal one. As such, imprisonment cannot be imposed through a wrongful death lawsuit, although civil suits sometimes follow a conviction in a criminal case. Companies cannot be tried for crimes as a way to impose liability for deaths that they cause, but they can be sued for wrongful death in a civil action and in this way, be held responsible. Economic and non-economic damages can be sought, including punitive damages. Read the articles here for more detail, or click here for a free case evaluation.