A wrongful death is any death caused by the careless or illegal actions of another. That includes acts that are not crimes, such as failure to watch the road carefully enough. Under state law, family members of a wrongfully killed person may sue the wrongdoer to recover compensation for their losses. That includes compensation for their grief and personal losses as well as the financial costs of medical care, funeral expenses and more. Wrongful death law is complicated, so experts recommend that you talk to an experienced wrongful death attorney about your options.