§ 10-7-1 Liability for damages for causing death
§ 10-7-1.1 Pecuniary damages – How determined
§ 10-7-1.2 Liability for loss of consortium – Liability for loss of society and companionship
§ 10-7-2 Persons who may bring actions – Limitation of actions – Minimum recovery period
§ 10-7-3 Action by beneficiaries
§ 10-7-4 Cause surviving death of person liable
§ 10-7-5 Liability for medical expense and diminution of earning power
§ 10-7-6 Executor or administrator to bring ? 10-7-5 action – Amount recovered to estate
§ 10-7-7 Pain and suffering recoverable – Limitation of action
§ 10-7-7.1 Punitive damages
§ 10-7-8 Cause surviving death of person liable
§ 10-7-9 Criminal proceedings not prerequisite
§ 10-7-10 Damages not to estate or asset of estate
§ 10-7-11 Applicability to pending actions
§ 10-7-12 Applicability to actions commenced after passage
§ 10-7-13 Severability
§ 10-7-14 “Homemaker” defined

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws > Chapter 10-7 - Death by Wrongful Act

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • 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.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Intestate: Dying without leaving a will.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.