A man in Dorset has been awarded more than £600,000 for ‘loss of services’ after the death of his wife. Sally Knauer, who died in 2009 aged 46, had been exposed to asbestos at Guy’s Marsh Prison, where she worked as an administrator. Whilst the Ministry of Justice did admit liability for Mrs Knauer’s death, they contested the amount.
The court looked at the division of labour between the couple in deciding the figure for compensation, and Mr Justice Bean commented that the labour division ‘was as it might have been in the 1950s’. Mrs Knauer was in charge of the entire household, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping and dog walking, even gardening and decorating. The couple also had three sons, now aged 22, 20 and 16.
Mrs Knauer died of Mesothelioma, a type of cancer usually caused by asbestos exposure. Because she was so house-proud, at times spending upwards of three hours a day carrying out household tasks, the majority of damages received by her husband relate to ‘loss of services’ after his wife’s death. He received £88,160 for ‘past services dependency’ and £329,241 for ‘future services dependency.’
Claiming compensation for loss of services
If your husband, wife or partner has been killed or severely injured in an accident at work, or if they have been affected by exposure to harmful substances, such as asbestos, they may not be able to live their life as they used to. Caring for children without the support of a partner may mean you are forced to give up work or cut your hours, changing your family’s quality of life. It’s for this reason that you may be able to claim compensation for loss of services. Contacting a personal injury lawyer to discuss your situation in more detail will allow you to find out whether you may be eligible to claim compensation.
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Source: Somerset Live
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown