Wrongful Death:

If the Desceased Never Held a Job

A Wrongful Death lawsuit may be brought, even if the victim never held a job. The most obvious instances of this are the deaths of stay-at-home parents. The law now allows expert economists to testify in court as to the pecuniary value of a stay-at-home parent. Despite not holding a job, the services rendered to the family are of obvious monetary value, as demonstrated by the cost of replacing such services. Experts can explain to the jury the quantifiable pecuniary value of the stay-at-home parent to his or her family. Thus, despite not holding a job, monetary wrongful death damages would be recoverable in a Wrongful Death lawsuit