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Baker v. Bolton
England and Wales High Court
170 Eng. Rep. 1033 (1808)
A husband (plaintiff) and his wife were injured when a stagecoach they were travelling on the top of overturned on their way from Portsmouth to London. The wife was so severely injured that she died in a hospital about a month after the accident. The husband sued the stagecoach owner for the wrongful death of his wife and sought damages for the loss of his wife’s comfort, fellowship, and assistance. The jury was instructed that it could only consider the husband’s physical injuries and the loss of his wife’s comfort, fellowship, and assistance from the time of the accident until the time of her death.
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