The unexpected death of a person caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person is considered wrongful death and may meet the circumstances necessary to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Like personal injury claims determining fault is required for the basis of the claim and compensation. Survivors of the deceased, including spouses, immediate family members, children, and parents, may be entitled to compensation for the loss, including lost wages, the prospect of inheritance, companionship, and funeral expenses. Wrongful death recovery is determined by the State and generally filed by a representative of the deceased estate.