In terms of emotional pain, little compares to the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one in an accident. When the accident was completely preventable and caused by the negligent actions of another party, though, the pain and anguish are even worse. In such instances, many Tennessee residents choose to seek some form of justice and restitution through a wrongful death claim, but not everyone will be legally entitled to such damages. Generally, the people who can pursue wrongful death claims are limited to spouses, parents and children.
Spouses can make claims relating to the loss of companionship and emotional anguish they experience after losing their husbands and wives. Although the damages are difficult to quantify in financial terms, Tennessee courts have methodologies to evaluate such abstract damages in civil proceedings. Furthermore, spouses may have the right to pursue damages relating to lost family income and lost future inheritance.