Mortality Tables Law and Legal Definition

Mortality tables are a means to ascertain the probable number of years a person of a given health may live. They are called as tables of probability which shows the number of individuals of various ages that will die within one year.

Usually, insurance companies use these tables to determine the premium to be charged for those in the respective age groups.

The courts usually take judicial notice of standard mortality tables. [Tucker v. Gurley, 179 Miss. 412 (Miss. 1937)]. Mortality tables are admissible where there is evidence that the plaintiff has suffered permanent personal injuries or the question of a person's life expectancy is a material question to be decided. [Drummond Co. v. Self, 622 So. 2d 336, 337 (Ala. 1993)].