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Both wrongful death and survival actions

In contrast, a suit brought under the Survival Statute is for the actual injuries sustained by the deceased. Our essential nature is non-differentiated consciousness or pure awareness, of which the body-mind is a temporary and finite manifestation. At present I have no means at my disposal to empirically or otherwise discriminate between them. Damages Allowed Under the Survival Laws The survival laws allow the estate to be awarded damages that the deceased incurred from the moment of the injury until the time of death. This was a consequence of a lack of clarity on their part concerning how rival explanations would defeat the purported explanatory superiority of the survival hypothesis.

So what the upshot of the critical inquiry has demonstrated is that I find at present no sufficient basis to accept any of the many hypotheses of personal survival. The estate may also be entitled to receive punitive damages if the defendant acted recklessly or wantonly. My inquiry turned up testimony from several prior occupants to experiencing phenomena identical, even in detail, to the phenomena my wife and I experienced. It was also equally clear to me that the bulk of the existing body of literature in favor of the classical arguments was not just philosophically superficial but hopelessly flawed. There are many conceivable survival scenarios.

This was actually the catalyst for the research program that led to the writing of my Philosophical Critique. As an illustration of one kind of justifying ground for belief in survival, my position and arguments do not rule out there being an experiential justification for belief in survival. The personal representative of the estate will file the lawsuit.

Even my threeyear work

There are two major differences between the wrongful death laws and the survival laws. His grandfather, Melrose H.

The plausibility of such explanations was only partially appreciated by me at the time. The representative must be appointed by the state court that handles wills and estates, often called the probate court. There can be no recovery by the estate for conscious pain and suffering if the decedent was instantly killed or lost consciousness immediately. Krupp became the new editor and publisher. Second, it struck me that survivalists had overestimated the explanatory force of the survival hypothesis.

Even my three-year work with the impressive medium of intimate acquaintance failed to secure the kind of empirical data that clearly favored the survival hypothesis. Both wrongful death and survival actions are statutory and strictly governed by state law. Here I will offer some personal reflections on life after death. But of course, the matter is more complex. If the facts and circumstances warrant, exemplary or punitive damages are available.