§ 1 Damages for death from defective ways; persons entitled
§ 2 Wrongful death; damages
§ 2B Damages for death of employee by negligence of employer, etc.
§ 5A Death of tortfeasor; effect
§ 6 Conscious suffering; recovery of damages
§ 6A Insufficiency of estate to pay certain expenses, etc.; preferences
§ 6B New assets
§ 6C Amount recoverable
§ 6D Amendments of actions brought under wrong law
§ 6E Death or death and conscious suffering of employee; assessment of damages; amount
§ 6F Notice of injury; laws applicable
§ 11 Interest

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 229 - Actions for Death and Injuries Resulting in Death

  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.