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In many personal injury cases, the award of damages often centers on the jury’s calculation of loss of future earnings. Loss of future earnings is awarded where the jury finds that a plaintiff has suffered a reduction in his or her ability to earn money as a result of an injury. The jury is typically instructed to calculate loss of future earnings based on a variety of factors, including the plaintiff’s earnings before the accident, his health, prospects for advancement, and the length of time the plaintiff would have reasonably been expected to work, but for the injury. Courts also consider if there is a reasonable duty to mitigate.
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