It is natural for grieving families to seek some sort of compensation for loss of a loved one. These sought compensations aren’t always monetary but they provide some sort of closure or sense of justice especially when the loss can be attributed to the action (or lack thereof) of a person or group of people. It is pertinent at this point, to make a quick comparison for better understanding of the subject matter. The term ‘wrongful death’ is used in civil suits while ‘homicide, murder, manslaughter…’ is used in criminal suits. What this means is that either terminology, refers to the taking of life of an individual resulting either from the acts or omissions of another person or persons-artificial or natural respectively. It is general knowledge that when a crime is committed, it is a crime against the state and the prosecutor is most often than not, the Attorney General of the state. An individual cannot, except by a fiat of the Attorney General, institute a criminal suit against an alleged suspect. In criminal suits the likely result is imprisonment, death, or fines while in civil suits, the likely results are damages, declaratory orders or in rare instances, the offender may be committed to prison. As earlier stated, wrongful death is a facsimile of homicide and is a foreign concept to common law. It was recognised recently in the United Kingdom as a means through which relations/relatives of a deceased person, may institute a claim against a person alleged to have killed the deceased. Having understood the underpinnings of the term—wrongful death, the best way to handle this will be to sue, which obviously requires the services of a wrongful death lawyer. Wrongful death suits are by nature, really complex as such, special care and skill is an indispensable criterion of any legal practitioner handling it. These are points a lawyer should be mindful of when instituting a civil claim.