There are several types of damages in wrongful death cases. If the case is successful, the survivor(s) can recover damages for medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of earning capacity (reduced by personal maintenance expenses) and loss of the loss, society and affection of the decedent.
For cases arising on or after October 1, 2011, damages for the "loss of love, society and affection of the decedent" are limited to $750,000. The only exception to this rule is if the decedent leaves a minor child. In that situation, the damages for "loss of love, society and affection of the decedent" are limited to $1,000,000.
There is no limit on damages in wrongful death cases in Tennessee for cases that arise before October 1, 2011.
John Day represents personal injury victims and families of wrongful death victims. He is board-certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and, in fact, served as President of the organization. He is an elected member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. His book, "Day on Torts: Leading Cases in Tennessee Tort Law," is used by judges and lawyers across Tennessee to further their understanding of personal injury and wrongful death law in Tennessee. In 2009, Best Lawyers named John "Best Personal Injury Lawyer" for Nashville; he was the first recipient of that award. Best Lawyers also named John as "Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Nashville" for 2010. John does not charge for an initial consultation and accepts personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingent fee basis. You can reach him by telephone at 615.742.4880 or by email by clicking here.