When you have a case that deals with the sad event of a death of a child, how do you determine how much the amount of damages should be? What statistics do you use, and how do you arrive at the final amount? Assessing Damages in Injuries and Deaths of Minor Children's primary focus is to consider a wide range of topics that relate to how to assess damages or provide testimony in cases involving injuries or deaths of minor children. Written with the forensic economic expert or attorneys specifically concerned with damages in mind, this book goes in depth on every approach to assessing damages in these cases.
You will learn how to assess damages using the parental investment approach, how to determine a child's future earning capacity by taking into account the educational outcomes of the parents, and other ways to project a child's future earning capacity. You will read about the issues of wrongful birth and wrongful pregnancy. You will also find out by using the Child Support Guidelines how child support paid after a divorce can be factored into a damages assessment.
Read about damages standards in various types of litigation involving personal injuries and wrongful deaths of children. Be introduced to a variety of methodologies for projecting the lost earnings of a minor child, including the future financial support a decedent child might have provided to parents. Learn about the fundamental damages problem in the death of a minor child, which is that parents have losses of enormous value which they would have been willing to expend almost all financial resources to prevent, but standards for financial damages recovery tend to be very small. [via]