What types of damages are paid out in a successful wrongful death lawsuit?
Damages paid out in a successful wrongful death lawsuit may be exemplary and actual damages.
Actual damages may include, but not be limited to:
Loss of inheritance
Mental/emotional anguish (the emotional pain and suffering of the plaintiff over a family member’s death)
Loss of positive benefits from deceased (e.g. love, companionship, comfort and society)
Loss of services
Loss of advice and counsel
Exemplary damages (also known as punitive damages in other states) are those assessed by the court in cases where the defendant’s actions were deemed gross negligence or a willful omission or act. Exemplary damages are intended to punish a wrongdoer and indicate their egregious behavior shall not be tolerated.