Until recently, 'emotional loss’, the loss sustained following the death or serious injuries of a family member, did not qualify for damages in the Netherlands. In 2018, however, the Upper House approved a legislative proposal introducing compensation for this type of loss. The act took effect on 1 January 2019. For more information, please read our previous article on the legislative proposal on emotional loss (in Dutch) and Arlette Schijns' blog post (in Dutch). Our lawyers can advise you on the possibilities of claiming emotional loss.