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Loss of Housekeeping Capacity

In 2012, ECTIL, in cooperation with the Swiss Insurance Association and with support by the Institute for European Tort Law, finalized a study on 'Loss of Housekeeping Capacity' with the publication of a volume with DeGruyter Verlag.

The topic is of particular interest for insurers as compensation for loss of housekeeping capacity is one of the main heads of damages awarded for personal injury. Naturally it also has considerable importance for accident victims. Yet it has received relatively little scholarly attention, at least from a comparative perspective.

The aim of this study was to examine national approaches to the award of damages under the head of loss of housekeeping capacity, and to compare the levels of damages so awarded.

The research addressed both the concepts employed in different national systems and, by means of practical case studies, the compensation actually paid in individual cases. The results of the research comprises ten country reports (Austria, England and Wales, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland) based on a Questionnaire (Part I: General Part and Doctrine, Part II: Concrete Assessment Examples) and a concluding Comparative Report.