At the time of his death, the son was living with his mother and her husband. He provided many household services, including vehicle repair and maintenance, plumbing work, yard work, home repair and maintenance and taking care of the household pets. He also paid for nearly all of the household’s food.
Using a life expectancy of approximately 10.1 years from the date of her son’s death:
– A lost household services calculation was prepared through the plaintiff’s estimated life expectancy and adjusted to remove the percentage of total household production that benefited the decedent.
– Furthermore, the value of household services was increased at an average annual rate of 2.50 percent over the period.
– The 2.50 percent figure is the historical average annual change in the Consumer Price Index. The present value estimate is $70,000, rounded.
Based on the Consumer Expenditure Survey compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the household would have benefited from the decedent’s purchase of household food in the amount of about $1,400 to $2,000 per annum. The present value estimate for household food purchases approximates $15,000.
The estimate does not include loss of companionship or pain and suffering.