What Damages Are Recoverable in Wrongful Death Lawsuits?
Wrongful death claims are intended to compensate surviving loved ones for the losses they have suffered as a result of the death. This compensation is referred to as damages. The damages available in wrongful death lawsuits include:
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of services, such as loss of childcare or loss of cooking and cleaning
- Emotional anguish and mental distress
- Loss of love, companionship, comfort, and society
- Lost inheritance
Although these damages cannot undo the tragic losses that surviving loved ones are coping with, they can help ease the financial burden of the loss.