Do you ever question how long you are going to live? If you do, the Virginia Code has a response for you. Well, maybe not a response, however the Code does inform you for how long you are anticipated to live. Virginia Code § 8.01-419 has a life span table that uses current age and gender to determine the length of time that person is anticipated to continue living. Here is a bit of what the table appears like:
As you can see, utilizing the table, a 20-year-old female is anticipated to live another 60.8 years, whereas a 20-year-old male is expected to live another 55.8 years. This Code section is very important in injury cases since the life span table can be entered into proof to show how long the plaintiff is expected to live with their irreversible injury.
You might think that the life span table is not a sign of your life span since you are more (or less) healthy than the typical individual. Plainly, all people are different and can be anticipated to live for various periods of time. As such, the law advises the jury to think about other elements along with the table. For example, a sample jury instruction that we use will look like this:
Guideline No. _____
According to Virginia’s Table of Life span, as a 20-year-old female, Jane Doe has a life expectancy of 60.8 years. You need to consider this figure together with any other proof connecting to the health, constitution, and routines of Jane Doe in identifying her life span.
As plaintiff’s lawyers, we work to get the compensation that fully and fairly compensates those hurt due to no fault of their own. In cases where the injured party will need to cope with discomfort from their injuries for the rest of their life, the life span table is important in determining the quantity of compensation that truly makes the complainant whole. In scenarios where the plaintiff has an irreversible scar due to their injuries, the life span table helps prove the length of time that complainant is expected to live with that scar.
In cases where the complainant suffers an irreversible injury, the life expectancy table can likewise be admitted into proof in wrongful death cases. A wrongful death action is one where a person is sadly eliminated due to the carelessness of another. In wrongful death cases, the jury is to award damages that compensate the decedent’s recipients for their loss of the decedent. Examples of particular aspects that beneficiaries are to be compensated for are loss of companionship, comfort, guidance, recommendations, and the decedent’s income. In wrongful death cases, the life expectancy table can help show the length of time the decedent was expected to live and how long the beneficiaries could have expected to have with the decedent however for the irresponsible act that ended the decedent’s life.
If you have any concerns about this life expectancy table or how irreversible injuries should be compensated, the attorneys at Curcio Law are here for you. Our group has extensive personal injury experience and can assist you understand the accident procedure. Call or text us at 703-836-3366 or email [email protected]!.?.!.