Damage element outline

Damage element outline

I don’t know if you "blackboard" your damages for argument or not. I do. I like to break them down between past and future as well as by elements and assign a dollar value to each. I’m reproducing an outline from an Idaho case I tried. The case involved birth injuries to a child as well as parental claims. The first outline is that for the child using Idaho elements of damage that were the law when I tried the case. The second outline is for the parents claim. As I went through the elements and filled in the amounts for the jury I explained what they were based upon.

Perhaps this will help you organize a similar outline for your damage presentations and help you to go through the process  of determining what amounts you should recommend in states where you are allowed to do so.

BRYCE’S DAMAGE CLAIM

ECONOMIC DAMAGES

Past Damages to time of trial

1. PAST MEDICAL CARE, TREATMENT & SERVICES     $_________________ 2. PAST SERVICES & ASSISTANCE$_________________

Future Damages over life expectancy

1.   FUTURE MEDICAL CARE, TREATMENT & SERVICES  $________________ 2. FUTURE SERVICES & ASSISTANCE$________________
3.   FUTURE LOST WAGES                                                      $________________ TOTAL ( ________________) NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES A. Past Damages to time of trial 1. THE NATURE, EXTENT & DURATION OF THE INJURIES$______________

2.  THE IMPAIRMENT OF FACULTIES OR ABILITY TO
PERFORM USUAL ACTIVITIES DUE TO THE INJURIES     $______________ 3. THE DISFIGUREMENT FROM THE INJURY$______________

4.  THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL PAIN & SUFFERING            $______________ TOTAL PAST LOSS ( ) B. Future Damages over life expectancy 1. THE NATURE, EXTENT & DURATION OF THE INJURIES$______________

2.  THE IMPAIRMENT OF FACULTIES OR ABILITY TO
PERFORM USUAL ACTIVITIES DUE TO THE INJURIES             $______________ 3. THE DISFIGUREMENT FROM THE INJURY$______________

4.  THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL PAIN & SUFFERING                    $______________ TOTAL FUTURE LOSS ( ) TOTAL PAST LOSS (_________________) TOTAL FUTURE LOSS ( ) TOTAL VERDICT$___________________________

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QUINN & SANDY’S DAMAGE CLAIMS

Past Damages to time of trial regarding Bryce’s injuries

THE REASONABLE VALUE OF PARENT’S LOSS OF SOCIETY & COMPANIONSHIP WITH BRYCE  $_____________ Future Damages over life expectancy THE REASONABLE VALUE OF PARENT’S LOSS OF SOCIETY & COMPANIONSHIP WITH BRYCE$______________

TOTAL OF ABOVE         (_________________)

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