Background Note | HBS Case Collection | June 2002

Note on the Value of Life

by Michael A. Wheeler and Carlos Gonzalez


This case summarizes how American courts measure damages in wrongful death suits. Various standards are compared, as are their implications for business management.

Keywords: Judgments; Courts and Trials; Business or Company Management; Standards; Negotiation; United States;


Wheeler, Michael A., and Carlos Gonzalez. "Note on the Value of Life." Harvard Business School Background Note 902-152, June 2002.