Appendix 8: Wrongful Death Laws

To read what your state’s wrongful death law actually says, find your state below and follow the hyperlinks.

Remember: don’t feel as if you have to hire a lawyer just to understand your state’s law. While it may be a little wordy, you should be able to grasp what it means for bringing a wrongful death case in your state.

Laws and links change from time to time. Here we endeavor to have the most up to date legal information and working links.

Please notify us if a link is no longer working or if you become aware of a change of law before we know about it. By working together we can help all victims!

Alabama

  • Ala. Code Section 6-5-410

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

  • Ark. Code Section 16-62-102

California

Colorado

  • Colo. Rev. Stat. Section 13-21-201, 13-21-202 (2021)

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

  • Ga. Code Title 51 Torts Section 51-4-2

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

  • Kent. Revised Statutes Title XXXVI Section 411.130

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

  • Mass. Gen. Laws Part III Ch. 229, Section 2

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

  • Miss. Code Title 11 Section 11-7-13

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

  • N.M. Stat. Section 41-2-1

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

  • Ohio Rev. Code Title XXI Section 2125.01

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

  • Tenn. Code Section 20-5-106

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

  • W.V. Code Section 55-7-5

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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