The chores and tasks performed for one’s family and around one’s house is referred to as household services. Household services also include the care and helping of others within the household.
When individuals become injured, their ability to perform household services may be diminished. In these cases, and in wrongful death cases, the damages related to household services are calculated as the difference between the market-value of the household services the individual could perform prior to the injury, and the market-value of the household services they are capable of performing now that the injury has occurred.
Household services chores and tasks include
After an injury, some individuals are no longer capable of performing the household services they performed before the injury. The economic damages related to these losses are determined utilizing the market-value of these services. That is, the cost to replace the services the injured party previously performed. For example, if the individual can no longer clean their home, a set of tasks which took approximately ten hours per week, the damages are calculated by determining the market-value, or the rate of pay a domestic worker would receive for those same services.