What Damages Are Recoverable in Tennessee for Wrongful Death?

My husband was killed in a car wreck by a drunk driver.  What damages can be recovered by me and our children?

These are the types of damages that can be recovered: (a) medical expenses; (b) funeral bills; (c) conscious pain and suffering from the date of the injury until the date of death; (d) loss of enjoyment of life between the date of injury and death; (e) loss of earning capacity between the date of injury and death; and (f) the pecuniary value of life.

In all cases, the pecuniary value of life includes the present value of the decedent’s lost future earning capacity less those living expenses necessary to maintain the decedent’s person so that they can work. In cases involving the death of a spouse, the surviving spouse can recover damages for the loss of consortium of the decedent. In cases involving the death of a parent, the children can recover damages for the loss of love, society, affection and guidance of the parent.. Each of these types of damages are included in the definition of the “pecuniary value of life.”

An experienced wrongful death lawyer can help you evaluate and prosecute this case so that you and your children can achieve justice in this case.