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Life Expectancy Table Thought

Injury cases that I take to trial, typically include a claim for a permanent injury. In those claims, I introduce a life expectancy table from the code; so the jury can consider how long my client is expected to live and the length of effect of the permanent injury.

If you really stop and think about a life expectancy table, it’s not in the positive thinking department. Unless you think, “No worries… I am going to outlive that!”.

But the reality of a life expectancy table is that it really could also be named a death expectancy table. How do we really deal with that thought.

Several years ago I saw a story that I saved, that deals with a man who was dealing with the fear of death.

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die.  Tell me what lies on the other side.”

Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know”.

The man replied, “You don’t know?  You’re, a Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?”

The doctor was holding the handle of the door. On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining. As he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog?  He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside.  He knew nothing except that his master was here. But, when the door opened, he sprang into the room without fear.

I know little of what is on the other side of death,  but I do know one thing… I know my Master is there and that is enough.”

I love that thought.. even though it does make me wonder why a dog is wandering around a doctor’s office. 🙂

The story reminds me of this saying of comfort:

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On the light side, our pic o’ day is about time. For me, it has such a familiar ring to it!

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