BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION: Can a California judgment for wrongful death be discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding?
Possibly, some can be. The federal bankruptcy laws permit the discharge of negligence damages, and a person could be released from having to pay a judgment for accidently causing a death. Yet, some bankruptcy courts may make damages resulting from "recklessness" or gross negligence non-dischargeable. Legal debts caused by drunk driving can't be discharged in bankruptcy.