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It is important to retain an expert wrongful death lawyer when bringing a wrongful death lawsuit to court. Lawyers who are experienced in this area will be able to obtain the most expert testimony, and that will be needed to prove your pecuniary, or financial, injuries. In wrongful death lawsuits, expert witnesses can be used to testify to a decedent's future worth - regardless of their financial status. These witnesses can explain how much the "services" would cost to replace, as well as the "services" of any other deceased individual. The age, health, sex and occupation of the decedent also all come into play here - there must be a guide as to how much the decedent would have "been worth" in the future. As it is a jury who decides on an amount to award the plaintiff, it is important to have compelling evidence.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|