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Housekeeping Damages Calculator ™

This calculator will provide a preliminary estimate of the plaintiff's/deceased's past and future potential loss of housekeeping services for his/her lifetime, from his/her age at the date of incident to age 80. Before filling out the on-line calculator, you can download our Diary of Household Activities (Personal Injury) for the claimant to fill out, which tracks his/her ability to do housework following an incident over various time periods. (For a fatality case, please download our Diary of Household Activities (Fatal Accident))

The estimate done in the Housekeeping Damages Calculator is preliminary only and does not replace a formal economic assessment, which is submitted as a written document for court purposes.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal quoted from Ms. Brown’s article published in The Advocates’ Quarterly in Driscoll v. Morgan 2007 CarswellNfld 205, 2007 NLCA 39, 267 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 344, 811 A.P.R. 344. Justices Welsh, Mercer and Cameron quoted from Ms. Brown’s article entitled "Valuable Services Trends in Housekeeping Quantum Across Canada, 1990-2001" (2003) at p. 82, which described the average housekeeping awards by region.

For Canadian time use statistics on various kinds of activities (eg. paid work, sleeping, eating meals/personal care, television viewing and "active" leisure (sports), see the Sept/Oct 2012 edition of Brown's Economic Damages Newsletter, entitled "TIME USE: Average Time Spent on Activities & Utilization for the Housekeeping Damages Calculator™ (“HDC”)".

Click here for a summary of hourly replacement rates used in this calculator.

In making the housekeeping award for Mr. Mahe in 2008, Marshall J. validated the hourly rate used by Brown Economic for Alberta cases:

[96] Ms. Brown prepared, as part of her report, Exhibit 18, a valuation of economic loss that flows from Mr. Mahe's reduced ability to conduct household and domestic activities...It is agreed that the hourly replacement rate for valuable services, including housekeeping, is $17.25 in Alberta at the present date. (emphasis added) 1

[1] (2008) ABQB 680, filed Dec. 17, 2008. The author testified on behalf of the plaintiff in this matter. Justice Marshall awarded $17,500 for past loss of housekeeping plus $50,000 for future loss of housekeeping, reduced by 25% for the plaintiff's contributory negligence.

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