How do you calculate damages in a wrongful death claim?

Many wrongful death lawsuits in Indiana result in settlements. The parties agree to the amount of damages. Often a neutral mediator helps the parties to reach this agreement. If a wrongful death lawsuit goes to trial, then a judge or jury will determine whether the party named as a defendant is the lawsuit is legally responsible for damages (or “liable”) and, if so, the amount of damages that should be awarded.