A wrongful death lawsuit denotes a civil action taken against a party for causing the death of another person. These lawsuits are typically filed after criminal action has been taken. Wrongful deaths can be the result of a variety of events or accidents. The most common causes of wrongful deaths are auto accidents, medical malpractice, construction accidents and use of defective products. Acting negligently, recklessly, or with disregard for the safety of other individuals may lead to personal injury or even death. When a death is caused by negligent or reckless behavior, the death may be deemed wrongful. When a death is classified as wrongful, the affected party has the right to receive compensation for the damages incurred. Employers, doctors, and product-making companies are often the focus of wrongful death lawsuits.