Hunt v. K-Mart Corp. 981 P.2d 275. A products liability case was filed against K-Mart after Plaintiff fell from a defective office chair. At the trial, Plaintiff presented evidence from a psychologist and an economist who valued her damages from ìloss of enjoyment of life.These experts calculated Huntís hedonic damages by assessing a percentage of loss suffered by her in each area of her life on a "loss of pleasure of life scale" and then inserting those percentages into a formula which translated the losses into actual dollar amounts. According to the expert testimony, the monetary value of Norma's loss of enjoyment of life was $228,526.The Supreme Court of Montana upheld the introduction of this evidence. June 3, 1999.
For academic discussions of hedonic damages see:
Andrew Jay McClurg, It's a Wonderful Life: The Case for Hedonic Damages in Wrongful Death Cases, 66 Notre Dame L. Rev. 57 (1990).
Paul H. Rubin, "The Pitfalls of Hedonic Value Use, Nat'l L.J., January 16, 1989, at 15.
Ted. R. Miller, Willingness to Pay Comes of Age: Will the System Survive? 83 Nw.U.L.Rev. 876 (1989).