Expert testimony in wrongful death cases is mainly that of economists to ascertain the financial value of the victim to the family. This would include that of future income of students and younger people, as well as housewives. The monetary value of all of the services that the housewife (or domestic engineer), would include that of babysitting, maid service, cook, secretary, transportation specialist and more. This does not reflect a loss of income; it stresses the additional costs to continue all of the same services provided by the homemaker. Additional expert testimony is required in medical malpractice wrongful death cases.
The cost of losing your case could be substantial. Most Wrongful death lawyers work for a contingency fee. This means that they do not receive payment unless you win your case or receive a settlement outside of court. It also means that they believe in you and your case. There are expenses that you would still be charged for, such as those of expert witnesses that review your records, and other fees not directly related to professional fees. Do not let an attorney gloss over these expenses quickly. Review your signed agreements with another Wrongful death attorney if possible to protect yourself.