Loss of Services

Loss of Services

A deprivation of a family member, such as a parent or spouse, of the right to benefit from the performance of various duties, coupled with the privation of love and companionship, provided by the victim of a personal injury or Wrongful Death.

Pecuniary awards for loss of services are a type of Compensatory Damages, intended to serve as restitution for injuries sustained by family members. Family relationships can be interfered with in various ways. Along with economic losses from medical expenses, there might exist pain and suffering as well as loss of consortium and society.

Damages for loss of services are recoverable by a parent whose child has been killed or injured; by a husband or wife whose spouse has been killed or injured; and, in some instances, by a father whose daughter has been a victim of seduction.

The Parent and Child relationship involves many mutual duties, privileges, and obligations. A parent has the right to the services of his or her unemancipated infant. When a child is injured by tort in a manner which disables the child from performing services, a parent has a Cause of Action to recover for the value of these services. This cause of action exists even where a child was not actually performing any services before being harmed. This right of action stems from the parental interest in the custody, society, companionship, and affection of his or her offspring.

A husband may sue for the loss of personal services of his wife, including the performance of various household duties as well as sexual relationships, companionship, and affection.

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Again Stockton Council will have no hesitation increasing my council tax this April by 2.9% despite numerous cuts and loss of services.
| Services 51/53: Loss of services to Circle Way West, Gwern Rhuddi Road, Rhyd-y-Penau Road and Heathwood Road.
A NEW dental contract remains on track to be in place by the start of next summer following the loss of services in two Northumberland villages.
While they want health and social care services improved, they are concerned at the potential loss of services and fear decisions on changes have already been made.
Neal Stote, chairman of Save the Alex, said: "The evidencebased document produced by Redditch, Bromsgrove and Stratford councils clearly shows that loss of services at the Alex would be extremely detrimental to the area and impact on the most vulnerable in our society."
A BT spokeswoman said: "There has been a hardware failure at Wrexham today which caused loss of services to around 2,000 premises in Caergwrle and also partial loss of service to around 5,000 customers in Wrexham and Pontybodkin.
AFTER reading the story "Fury over bus route changes" I felt the need to let know of our loss of services, namely the 33 service.
Inspector John Smith said: "Thefts of this nature cause damage and inconvenience when they result in a loss of services." A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and bailed pending further inquiries.
This could lead to the loss of services at the important delivery end and I suspect that this is only the thin end of the wedge.
No doubt we, the customers, will end up paying for the whole mess with extra charges or loss of services
The result of these cuts will be a loss of services and jobs in Citizens' Advice Bureaux.
He said: "This protest has been organised in response to the growing anger of people in Monaghan who are incensed at the continuing loss of services.