Robert W. Johnson & Associates are the pioneers in providing attorneys with expert witness testimony and analysis that will assist a jury in placing a dollar value on the loss of care, comfort, society and consortium in wrongful death cases. The goal of this expert analysis is to provide a solid foundation and framework within which the loss of care, comfort, society and consortium to the decedent's survivors or estate can be determined. This economic testimony has averaged results in excess of $1,600,000. These are general damages that are to be added to the loss of economic support suffered by the decedent's survivors or estate.
Loss of Care, Comfort, Society & Consortium
(Human Value of Life)
The courts have historically and generally defined the intangible Human Value of Life using terms such as love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, solace and moral support. A Federal Jury in 1985 expanded this definition to include Hedonic damages (629 F. Supp. 159 (N.D.ILL. 1985)). Hedonic damages are general damages for the loss of the pleasure of being alive. It is within these working definitions that the Human Value of Life economic analysis is applied. The source for this economic analysis is the federal government.
The management of health and safety hazards provides protection at a price. Using regulations to decrease the number of lives lost usually requires the expenditure of societal resources. Whether private or public, any expenditures dedicated to saving lives requires the foregoing of other expenditures. Thus, any decision to take advantage of an opportunity to save lives confronts the issue: is the benefit worth the cost? In order for this question to be answered, it is necessary to know what value (price) society places on human life.