There are three different categories that can be collected upon, in the event of a prevailing wrongful death suit:
• Economic Damages – These damages are subjected and limited to the financial contributions of the wrongfully deceased. These economic damages may be inclusive of an inheritance, future earnings, medical expenses, funeral costs, and any other quantitative monetary contributions made by the individual, if still living.
• Emotional Damages – These damages are non-quantitative costs that may be incurred in the event of a wrongful death. This may include monetary retributions for pain and suffering, including (but not limited to): emotional and mental anguish, loss of care, loss of relationship, loss of love, and other forms of general pain and suffering.
• Punitive Damages – These damages exist to punish the defendant for excessively negligent or careless behavior. Punitive damages are intended to financially burden the defendant by means of an overwhelming verdict.