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What are U.S. life expectancy tables and how can they affect you in your personal injury case?

Take a moment, set aside your other concerns and let me talk to you about how we use U.S. life tables in the practice of law and especially in personal injury cases.

My name is Bob Snyder. I’m a personal injury trial lawyer, and I’m here in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. We practice in all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and we handle all types of personal injury cases.

People come to us with injuries that are permanent. Some are more serious than others, but they’re all serious to the individual who suffered a permanent injury. We have to be able to find a fair value to present to the court to help establish a settlement or a jury verdict in each and every case. Now the United States Department of Labor publishes around the same time that it does a census every 10 years, a set of tables that have life expectancies for each one of us broken down by our sex and our year of birth. Yes, women do live longer than men.

If at any given point we look at an injury and we look at the age of the injured person. For example, if he’s 45, we know that people normally would live until about 82, 83 by consulting the table, and we can determine how many years of future pain and suffering there would be or if we wish to know what their future work life expectancy is, that will tell us how many years they can be expected to continue to earn had they not been injured, we know that if age 45 until age 66 or 67, depending upon when you would be eligible for Social Security, there would be 20 or 21 years of lost earnings or lost earning capacity. That would be one element or item in your damages. Now, these tables are accepted in the courts throughout the United States. Every time we have a permanent injury, we refer to them.

I want to thank you for giving me your time, and if you have any additional questions concerning personal injury matters, please feel free to call at 610-265-8050.