I looked at the case of Knauer -v- Ministry of Defence  EWHC 2553 (QB) in an earlier post. However one significant aspect of the case justifies close examination. The judge put a clear and definite value on the loss to a widower caused by the death of his wife who were in a “traditional” relationship where she did all the housework. This case belies the contention that loss of services claims are “nominal”. They have a substantial value and careful enquiries have to be made.
The couple were in, what the judge described, as a “traditional” relationship whereby Mrs Knauer did the majority of the housework. The judge carried out a careful valuation of the services provided and concluded that they had a substantial financial value.
- The claimant’s case as put in the Schedule of Loss and in the report of Ms Kirby is that…
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