How a jury calculates a verdict

A verdict in favor of the plaintiff allows the jury to award a financial remedy to an individual that has been wronged, injured, or experienced a loss.  The calculation of the verdict lies within the discretion of the jury to determine an amount of compensation which properly reflects the plaintiff’s loss.  In some cases it may be simple to calculate the damages based on medical bills or lost wages.  Other damages, such as those which arise in a wrongful death case, are much more difficult to determine.  How do you truly measure the value of a life?  How do you adequately assess the value of the years lost with a spouse, child or family member?  A jury will rely upon the instructions from the Judge in making its determination, but a large part of this calculation will rest upon the common sense and conscience of the jury.