Are there certain types of compensation I may claim in a wrongful death lawsuit?

Yes, compensation for a wrongful death may include: damages for what the deceased may have contributed (inheritance), mental/emotional pain, lost wages, lost care, funeral/burial expenses, loss of consortium.

Damages in a wrongful death case typically fall into two broad categories. Category One allows recovery of damages sustained by the deceased from the moment of the negligent act resulting in death, until the actual time of death. Category Two covers financial losses experienced by the next of kin after the deceased’s death.

Courts can also award punitive damages to surviving family members where the defendant’s conduct was particularly reckless or egregious. Punitive damages are aimed at punishing the defendant and to deter similar future behavior.

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