Pecuniary Loss

Brice v. Brown 1984

A mother and her daughter were travelling in a taxi; in front of them was a bus.
The mother felt an accident and thought she saw that her daughter would lose her head by the accident, so she took her down

The court recognised 'nervous shock' as non-pecuniary loss.

'Egg shell skrull' rule.
You have to be a normal person before.

Daly v. General Steam Navigation 1980

Mrs Daly was injured and could not do housekeeping as quickly and easily as before the accident.

She should get money to pay a person helping her 8 hours per week (but she does not have to spend the money on that purpose).

The loss of housekeeping capacity is a pecuniary loss.

Kraly v. McGrath 1986

Mrs Kraly was pregnant and expected twins.
When delivering the two the doctor damaged the baby.

In a negligence case of this kind there's no money to recover.

She was not psychologically touched.

Moeliker v. Reyroll 1977

Moeliker injured his thumb by the negligence of the employer.
He could still work in the same job.
But he argued what would be if he had to change his job some day.

He was given L750.

The loss of earning capacity is a pecuniary loss.

Page v. Smith 1995

Page was driving, suddenly a car came out and crashed into his car.
First, he did not feel bad at all, bot soon it got worse and worse.
He was sick with M.E. before the accident, but it got worse after the accident.
Problem: was it foreseeable?

Claim granted.

If you can foresee any illness in cause of the accident, you have to foresee this psychological damage, too.

Pickett v. British Railways Engineering 1980

Pickett was 52 years old when he was injured by his boss by negligence.
The doctors gave him one more year to live.

Reduced expectancy of life is a pecuniary loss.