What is the value of a life?
If the life lost is that of your loved one, there is no value that can be put on your loss. No amount of money can mend your broken heart or take the pain away of missing them each and every day. However, the justice system recognizes that the loss of life can financially impact those left behind and it provides ways to compensate, monetarily, those who are left behind when someone is killed through no fault of their own in an accident, these types of cases are called Wrongful Death cases.
There are 5 types of damages that can be compensated and those are medical expenses, funeral bills, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earnings capacity and the pecuniary (or monetary) value of life.
Now the funeral bills are pretty cut and dried, they are what it costs to bury the deceased, from services to cemetary plots etc. The medical expenses are from the time of accident to the time of death. You might think the pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment would not be restricted because you are going to suffer them for the rest of your life. However, in the eyes of the law, they are only compensable from the date of the injury until the time of death. Only the last type of damages is uncapped and that is the financial value of the life. There are a number of variables that go into figuring out how much a life is worth and it depends on the age of the person who died, what they did for a living, the relationship of the person who is bringing the suit and other variable factors.
An experienced injury and accident lawyer can help you understand all the factors that go into successfully pursuing a wrongful death case, and, if you think we can help, please call us for caring, compassionate, and successful representation of your loss.