There are a number of different types of damages you may be able to recover in a wrongful death claim.

Funeral and burial expenses.

The typical cost for a funeral in the U.S. is $7,000-$10,000. You may be able to claim compensation to cover these costs.

Medical expenses.

This applies only if there are any medical expenses related to the final illness or injury of the decedent.

Lost income.

This is a calculation of lost wages and benefits which is determined by the age of the victim, how long he was expected to live, his income when he died, and his projected future income. It may also include the value of services and goods that the victim would have provided, as well as the value of lost benefits such as health insurance and pensions.

Pain and suffering.

This includes damages that are awarded as compensation for the survivors’ emotional suffering, mental anguish, and the loss of emotional support and companionship that the decedent would have provided to surviving family members.

Punitive damages.

These damages are awarded as a means of punishing the individual or party responsible for the wrongful death.


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.