it is common practice to amend the claim to what ever theory, often called a cause of action, will benefit the client(s) the most.
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All semantics. A wrongful death claim IS a personal injury claim. If this is concerning you, talk to the attorney and discuss it. My guess is that parsing these words is more of a symptom of not trusting the lawyer.
Hard to say just based on what you asked. Sounds like just a matter of using different words to say the same thing. However, general damages in "personal injury" cases die with the injured in California. A new case could be brought for the losses suffered by the estate and heirs after the death, but that would not be called a "personal injury" case.... at least not by me.
I would need more facts to answer the question properly, but I would guess that the lawyers amended the complaint for the benefit of the case. I suggest you sit down with the lawyer in an effort to better understand the strategy
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