Survivors Right To Sue

Definition of "Survivor's right to sue"

Legal recourse available to survivors of a person who suffers a wrongful death. Under common law, only an injured person had the right to sue for damages. If a wrongfully injured person died of those injuries, there was no one with a legal right to sue to recover damages for the death. State laws now provide for the right of the survivor to sue, not just for the wrongful death but for loss of income and other losses.

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