There are two categories of damages in a wrongful death suit:
Survivor: damages recovered by loved-ones (as recognized by the state)
Estate: property, belongings, etc., left to beneficiaries of the decedent by way of a will
Lost Support and Services: monetary and property contributions; also includes familial tasks performed
Loss of Decedent’s Companionship and Protection: the effects the loss will have on the survivors
Mental Pain and Suffering: only recoverable by five types of survivors — the surviving spouse, minor children, adult children when there is no surviving spouse, each parent of a deceased minor child and the parents of an adult child when there are no other survivors
Lost Parental Companionship, Instruction and Guidance: only for children under the age of 25; for those 25 and older, this is only recoverable if there is no surviving spouse
Medical or funeral expenses when paid by a survivor
Loss of Net Accumulations: probable future income from all sources; work, investments, etc.
Decedent’s Lost Earnings: earnings that would have been made between the date of injury and the date of death
Decedent’s Medical and Funeral Expenses: recoverable by survivors when the survivors paid these expenses out-of-pocket
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