Negligence is enough 

While criminal actions need conclusive proof of intentional or reckless acts, a civil lawsuit only requires proof that an at-fault party’s negligent actions caused the death.

Lower burden of proof 

Federal law requires attorneys in a criminal case to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. However, the burden of proof in a civil case is much lower. In a wrongful death claim, you only need enough evidence to show that the at-fault party’s actions are the most probable cause of your loved one’s death.

Potential for punitive damages

In addition to economic damages in a wrongful death case, survivors may be able to collect punitive damages to punish the at-fault party.


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.