3 types of damages recoverable for wrongful death

On Behalf of | May 6, 2024 | Wrongful death |

Losing a loved one as a result of wrongful death in Connecticut is a profound and painful experience, and the law provides for the recovery of damages to offer some measure of relief and accountability.

This legal action helps to address the financial and emotional losses stemming from the untimely death. Here are three types of damages that are typically recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut.

1. Punitive damages

If it is determined that the defendant’s actions were particularly reckless or malicious, punitive damages may be ordered in a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate the family for their loss, but to punish the at-fault party and prevent similar conduct in the future. Punitive damages are considered extraordinary and are only granted in cases where the defendant’s behavior warrants such a penalty.

2. Economic damages

Economic damages cover the tangible financial contributions the deceased would have provided had they lived. This includes lost wages, benefits and the potential future earnings the deceased person might have accrued over their expected lifetime. Additionally, economic damages can also cover costs directly associated with the death.

3. Non-economic damages

These damages are ordered to compensate for the intangible losses suffered by the survivors such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, affection and guidance. Unlike economic damages, these are not based on financial loss. Instead, they address the profound personal impact and emotional distress caused by the wrongful death. These damages are highly subjective and vary significantly from case to case, reflecting the unique circumstances of each bereavement.

4. Loss of Consortium

Loss of consortium is another significant type of damage often recoverable in wrongful death lawsuits in Connecticut. This damage refers to the denial of the benefits of a family relationship due to the death of a loved one, including the loss of love, companionship, comfort and the physical intimacy a spouse shares.

If you lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional act, it is important to seek legal guidance to better understand your rights and the potential damages you may be entitled to.