MENTAL SUFFERING DAMAGES ALLOWED UNDER NEW LAW
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich recently legislation that will permit successful plaintiffs to receive jury awards for grief, sorrow and mental suffering in Wrongful Death cases. The new law finally allows the surviving spouse and next of kin to recover for their anguish over the loss of their loved one. Prior to passage of the law, family members couldn’t even mention their grief at trial, as any such mention just might be grounds for reversal of the verdict. Illinois has now joined with 23 other states that allow such damages.