Putting a price tag on human life is not an easy or pleasant thing to do, but it is a task that juries are asked to do in personal injury cases involving wrongful death. Money damages in wrongful death cases is measured by the financial loss that the deceased person would have provided had he or she not died. This particularly raises difficulty in cases involving the death of a child.
If you have lost a child due to the negligent or reckless actions of another party, you should consult with an experienced New York wrongful death attorney to get the full compensation you deserve.
Valuing a Child’s Life
In a wrongful death case involving an adult, the loss incurred by the family is generally quantifiable. For instance, upon the loss of a spouse, the surviving spouse and children may seek damages for loss of future income, guidance, care and even loss of companionship and consortium.
However, when a child dies, the financial damages incurred by the parents are more limited because children do not generally financially contribute much to their family. Nevertheless, the pecuniary damages are determined by various factors, including:
- The age, sex and life expectancy of the child
- The child’s earning potential and contribution to the family, if any
- The specific circumstances of the individuals claiming pecuniary loss, such as health and age
Your New York wrongful death attorney will help factor in all of the different variables to make sure you get the full extent of money damages you are entitled to.
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If you have lost a loved one due to the wrongful or negligent actions of another person, especially if the loved one was a child, the experienced New York wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us toll free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800 WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury claims in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida.
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