While the end of most wrongful death lawsuits is a large payout by the responsible party, for most people who file such a case, it is not about the money at all. You know that no amount of money will bring your loved one back. You may walk away with a larger bank account, but you will never recover what you really lost. Therefore, most wrongful death lawsuits are about more than just the money.

Forbes explains that when you file a wrongful death lawsuit, it is about holding someone accountable. You seek to make them realize that they made a mistake or the actions they took were wrong. You want the responsible party to face up to what they did.

It may also be a matter of making sure that what happened to your loved one will not happen to anyone else. It could be about fixing a system that is not working. It could be about changing harmful policies. Your goal is to do more than make the responsible party pay you a large amount of money because the case means so much more to you. If you can get a win, it means your loved one’s death was not in vain. He or she may just be able to help someone else avoid the same fate because you brought the issues to light.

The reason why wrongful death lawsuits seem to be so focused on the money is because that is the way the court system works. Wrongful death is a civil matter, not a criminal one. The court cannot assess jail time or other penalties in the same manner as a criminal court could. This leaves the only recourse being monetary.