In the event of a wrongful death suit, surviving family or other parties injured by the death in question may be entitled to compensation. While an award of money through settlement or trial can seem like an imperfect way to help a family who has lost a loved one, it is all that the civil justice system can provide.  An award of monetary damages can help the family by making up for economic losses resulting from the loss of a family member, can help to pay treatment bills and funeral expenses, and can also defer wrongdoers from committing the type of acts that resulted in the death.  It is an imperfect solution, but still can put the family in a better position than it would be absent the wrongful death litigation.