What damages are available in Alabama for a wrongful death case? Alabama’s a very unique state. It’s the only state in the United States that has punitive damages only. So if the person is Bill Gates or a 1-year-old child, the damages are the same. There’s no compensatory damages. The exception to that is, if you file the suit prior to the person dying, then you get compensatory damages, which is medical bills, mental anguish, pain and suffering. I’m attorney Earle Long. Please call me. I’ll personally return your call and personally handle your case. 251-432-4878.