Factors to Consider When Determining Loss in the Wrongful Death Claim for a Child
It is not easy for juries in wrongful death cases to value a human life, especially when the deceased victim is a minor child. In addition to the emotional factor, it is difficult to value a child’s life because it is challenging to determine how much of a financial value they contributed to their loved ones.
If the negligent or reckless actions of another individual or party resulted in the death of a loved one who was of a minor age, you should consult with a knowledgeable New Jersey wrongful death attorney.
How to Value a Child’s Life
Determining the financial loss incurred by family members of an adult victim is easily quantifiable because the attorney generally has concrete evidence to deal with, such as loss of future income, loss of companionship and loss of consortium.
However, when a wrongful death claim is filed for the loss of a child, the financial damages incurred by the parents are generally less substantial because children typically do not significantly contribute to their family’s financial status.
Nevertheless, a financial value has to be placed upon the loss of the child in a wrongful death claim. In doing, New Jersey wrongful death attorneys will need to consider various factors, including:
- Age, sex and life expectancy of the child victim
- Any earning potential or financial contribution the child made to the family
- The plaintiff’s specific circumstances, such as health and age
Talk To an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney Today!
If you have lost a child due to the negligent or reckless actions of another individual, you should call New Jersey wrongful death attorney Dan Matrafajlo at 908-248-4404 for a free consultation. We have offices in Elizabeth, North Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey to serve you. Mr. Matrafajlo has the experience in New Jersey courts that you need. He has been recognized locally for his legal ability, named a SuperLawyers Rising Star, and has even helped set legal precedent in personal injury law with cases such as Hardison v. King. Dan will fight for your legal rights!