As a trial lawyer, I’m asked this question all the time: How do you put a dollar figure on a human life? There is no easy answer. Every human life has value and no amount of money can ever replace a life. These contradictory ideas are at the heart of the problems that juries face every day in this country when they are called upon to do just that: place a dollar value on a human life. So, is there any guidance? Actually, there is …The United States places a value on human life all the time. Cold, hard dollar values. The U.S. does this in order to evaluate the costs and benefits of various safety and other programs. The Environmental Protection Agency values a single human life at $7.22 million. The federal Department of Transportation has done the same calculation and has come up with a figure of $5.8 million. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has long held the value of a single human life is $5 million. The U.S. uses these figures like this: If a program would save 3 lives and would cost $10 million, then the cost-benefit analysis would be in favor of spending the money to save those 3 lives.So, if our federal government values a single human life at $5 million dollars or more, then how can various state governments, including Missouri and Illinois, place caps on what a jury can award for a human life, at levels far below the value that our federal government places on a human life? In Missouri, state law caps “non-economic damages” at $350,000 per person. $350,000 is only 7% to less than 5% of the true value. In Illinois, the cap stands at $500,000. These caps are outrageous and should be stricken down and repealed so that a jury can decide, on its own, on the basis of the community’s shared values and beliefs, the value of a human life.
Sport Utility Vehicles(SUVs) are advertised as being safe, well built vehicles which can be used for everyday road driving, as well as off roads and rough terrain. Unfortunately, not all SUVs are as safe as they are advertised to be. Research has shown that due to their larger size and higher center of gravity, SUVs are more prone to rollovers than smaller sized passenger cars.In the U.S., statistics show that more than 10,000 people are killed each year in SUV rollover accidents, and thousands more are left with severe or catastrophic injuries.Personal injuries resulting from an SUV rollover accident include, but are not limited to:Head injury or head traumaSpinal cord injury or back injuryNeck injuryBroken bones & fracturesLoss limbsParalysisDeathIf you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a SUV rollover accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and damages. It is important to speak with an experienced St. Louis accident attorney who can investigate your case and evaluate if the auto manufacturer can be held liable.At the Law Offices of Todd N. Hendrickson in St. Louis, our attorneys are highly skilled in accident cases and have successfully represented numerous clients in various automobile accidents. We are committed to protecting the rights of our clients and help pursue compensation to help cover for; medical expenses, loss of income, future expenses, pain and suffering, and funeral expense.If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one due to an SUV rollover accident or other serious accident, contact Todd N. Hendrickson to schedule a free consultation and receive appropriate legal advice.
Thousands of people each day fall victim to criminal attacks and suffer severe life changing injuries and loses. The most frustrating part is that many of these attacks are preventable and are the result of poor and inadequate security by property owners.Premises and Security Liability laws state the property owners must be responsible for protecting visitors from harm, and that includes criminal activity. It is their duty to study their surroundings and be aware of any signs of criminal activity. A property owner must provide adequate security such as proper lighting, security patrols, and security hardware on doors and windows.If you were attacked or victimized on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact an experienced negligent security attorney who can take action and investigate your case.St. Louis accident and injury attorney Todd Hendrickson, P.C., has successfully represented numerous clients in complex security negligent claims. He understands how difficult it is to experience such tragedies and will aggressively work to have the responsible party held liable for your injuries and damages.A list of possible negligent security claims include:• Landlord liability• Inadequate parking lot surveillance• Inadequate lighting• Negligent hotel security• Forced entry• Employer Security Liability for negligent hiring• Bank Security Liability and ATM kiosk security• Attacks in elevators and stairwells• Shopping mall security negligence• College campus and dorm room security negligence• Negligent hospital security• Negligent sport stadium securityIf you or someone you know is injured or attacked on someone else’s property, and you suspect inadequate security was part of the problem, contact an experienced attorney who can take immediate action and help you pursue compensation.St. Louis negligent security attorney Todd Hendrickson, P.C. has the skills and the experience to get you the results you need.