Dead or alive: What are you worth? Well, life insurance policies for the prosperous number in the millions. But what if someone kills you? How much are you worth? Especially if you’re the victim of a malpractice suit?
In my home state of California the cost of a life of a victim of a malpractice suit is only worth a max $250,000. Once expenses like legal fees are taken out, oftentimes malpractice attorneys turn victims’ families away because they would actually lose more money on the case then they would get back.
And yet we hear all the time in the news about huge lawsuit payoffs such as Erin Andrews’ $55 million case for invasion of privacy.
My question is this: How can a right to life be worth so little and yet a right to privacy be worth so much? Is how we feel really more important than who we are?
For Millennials who want to believe that their lives make a difference these numbers can be discouraging. But that is why we have to believe that life is so much more than monetary value. It is measured by the value you bring to the lives you encounter. A life given to others supersedes monetary value or time. Your life is only worth what you put in.