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Determining life expectancy in a wrongful death lawsuit

There are many different accidents in Florida each year. These can occur in many different locations such as on the roads, at work, at school, at various business and many other locations. All accidents can cause the victim problems, but some accidents cause more problems than others depending on the extent of the injuries. Unfortunately some accidents result in death and can cause major grief and problems for the victim's families and friends.

Losing a loved one is never easy, but when the loved one dies suddenly and unexpectedly it can be particularly difficult as there is no time to prepare. Many fatal accidents can also leave the family in a tough situation financially if the loved one provided the primary income for the family. If the accident was caused by someone else's negligence, though, the family may be entitled to compensation for the loss.

The amount of compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit will depend on a number of factors. One of those factors is the life expectancy of the victim. Another is the life expectancy of the survivors who will be receiving the compensation. This is generally determined by analyzing the age, health, physical condition and other factors. Often mortality tables are used to assist in this process. These are not necessarily definitive though and one must analyze all the relevant factors when determining life expectancy.

Unfortunately, there are many fatal car crashes and other accidents in Florida each year. These are very devastating for the family and friends of the victim. The family may be entitled to compensation for the loss of a loved one, but the duration of the compensation is based on the life expectancy of the victim and the survivors.

Source: Florida Supreme Court, "Standard Jury Instructions - Civil Cases 502.6," accessed on Sept. 22, 2015

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