Punitive damages refer to a monetary amount that is awarded to punish the defendant and to deter the defendant and others from engaging in similar behavior in the future. Some states allow wrongful death plaintiffs to recover punitive damages in wrongful death actions. However, Wisconsin is not one of those states.
Punitive Damages are Not Available in WI Wrongful Death Cases—But You Can Still Make a Significant Recovery
While punitive damages may not be part of your Wisconsin wrongful death recovery, you may still hold the defendant accountable and recover compensatory damages for your loved one’s death. Generally, compensation in a successful wrongful death case includes:
- Medical expenses from the time of the accident until the time of death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost income from the time of the accident until the time of your loved one’s expected retirement date
- Physical pain and emotional suffering your loved endured from the time of the accident until the time of death
- Loss of society, love, and companionship for your family’s loss of their loved one
Every case is unique, and your wrongful death lawyer will discuss your possible recovery with you.
Talk to a Wisconsin Wrongful Death Lawyer to Protect Your Full Recovery
The personal representative of your loved one’s estate or your loved one’s spouse, parent, or child may bring a wrongful death case after a fatal accident. That person, however, may not recover all of the damages in a wrongful death claim. Instead, any recovery may be shared by the decedent’s spouse, dependents, and possibly others.
To learn more about the damages available to families of Wisconsin wrongful death victims, contact the Wisconsin wrongful death lawyers at Hupy & Abraham for a free consultation about your rights and potential recovery. We may be able to help you during this difficult time by meeting with you in your home or hospital room or our Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, or Wausau law office.