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The typical life in New Jersey is priceless

People may find it difficult, if not impossible, to put a monetary value on a human life. Many might say that life is priceless, and most would agree that life is irreplaceable. Unfortunately, due to the negligence of third parties, individuals may become involved in fatal accidents.

How can one define the value of a human life? Personal injury attorneys often struggle with this question as they meet with clients who have lost loved ones and are now considering pursuing a wrongful death suit. Tort law indicates that a person's worth after death can be attributed to what his potential future income might have been. For example, according to tort law, a CEO of a successful firm could be worth significantly more than an individual who delivers pizza part time.

Determining people's worth is not as simple as understanding their career choices. Other factors may come into play as far as wrongful death is concerned. For example, certain individuals are naturally drawn to thrill seeking; therefore, they could possibly put themselves in more dangerous situations than their peers. Others may work in careers considered dangerous; therefore, they may have been laboring under the assumption that they could have been taking greater risks than those in less dangerous occupations.

It doesn't matter if the cause of wrongful death involves career choice or personal lifestyle choice, because the families of those killed or injured could be entitled to monetary compensation for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, or other damages. Unfortunately, many people do not have the knowledge or understanding of the law in order to pursue legal action. An experienced personal injury attorney could be helpful in such cases.

Source: Hawaii Business, "What's It Worth: A Human Life", Dennis Hollier, June 07, 2013

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