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RI House of Representatives Amends Wrongful Death Statute

| Jun 16, 2009 | Uncategorized

The House has voted to approve H5969 which amends the wrongful death statute to allow parents to make a claim for loss of parental society and companionship even if the child is over the age of 18 and no longer a minor.

The amendment comes in the wake of the tragic case of Francis J. Marx, who was only 21 at the time of his death as a result of an accident during a URI pub crawl.  I applaud this amendment for recognizing that no parent should ever have to bury their child and that the pain is not reduced because the child was an adult.