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Can the defendant get sent to jail if guilty?

No. The primary purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to provide compensation to surviving family members. At the same time, however, Nevada law allows you to recover exemplary damages, also called “punitive damages,” in some situations. For example, if the defendant intentionally killed your loved one, they might have to pay punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish the defendant by deterring future wrongful conduct. So although you cannot send a defendant to jail, you can still punish them just the same.