Wrongful death suits are among the most painful and difficult legal processes imaginable. But, when the loss of life has been suffered by a child, the case is both more heartbreaking and also more difficult. In wrongful death suits, the primary method of making the victim's family whole is through paying economic damages. However, when a child is wrongfully killed, they have usually not demonstrated any specific earning potential, which can complicate the settlement.
Of course, no one wants to think of a human life as having a dollar-value. Unfortunately, this is often the very thing that must be done in a wrongful death case, as difficult as it may be. So how does one go about determining the value of a child's life, when that child was robbed of an opportunity to find his or her gifts and pursue his or her passions?