A tractor-trailer rear-ended the FedEx truck, smashing it into a culvert and into another car who was trying to turn right. My thoughts go out to the family of this young man. As a Virginia wrongful death attorney, I hope that his family is able to recover financially and emotionally.
But how much is a human life worth? That is a million dollar question.
When calculating wrongful death settlements, attorneys, judges and jury members have to ask
- How many future wages were lost for the family?
How much household support was lost?
How much potential did this person have?
What emotional suffering will the survivors feel from the loss of this person?