Injury Claims

What is Loss of Guidance?

Danielle Evans
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When someone is injured because of an accident or assault, it doesn’t only hurt the victim: it can hurt the people close to them as well.

In some cases, when someone is hurt or dies because of an accident, their spouse or dependants might be eligible to receive compensation.

Some of the types of compensation that a spouse or dependants may ask for include compensation for:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of guidance

In this article, we’ll be talking about a loss of guidance.

What is Loss of Guidance?

Loss of guidance means that someone has lost the emotional help and support that they’d normally get from their guardians and/or family members.

This can include a lack of:

  • Educational help
  • Life advice
  • Discipline
  • Emotional comfort
  • Financial help
  • Moral teachings  

As you can see, when someone loses a parent or guardian, it can lead to drops in their personal growth, wellbeing, and quality of life.

Who Can Receive Compensation for Loss of Guidance?

The people who can receive compensation for loss of guidance are usually dependants of the accident victim.

A dependant is a person who is supported by someone else. This could include a spouse, a child, a grandchild, a parent, or even a grandparent.

That said, children and grandchildren are usually the types of dependants who can claim loss of guidance—especially in cases in which they have lost a parent, grandparent, or guardian.

What Can a Loss of Guidance Look Like?

There are a few things that can help someone figure out if they are suffering a loss of guidance. For example:

  • They can no longer afford the costs of basic needs like food or housing
  • They experience a drop in emotional and psychological health
  • They have problems with lack of direction or judgment
  • They struggle to make good life decisions

How Can I Prove a Loss of Guidance Has Happened?

To prove that you are suffering from a loss of guidance, you should begin by getting all of your evidence together such as:

  • Medical records
  • School records
  • Witness statements
  • Testimonies from experts and medical professionals.

What Do I Do Once I Have Proof of a Loss of Guidance?

Once you have this evidence assembled, you can then file a claim which clearly shows this evidence and the compensation you are looking to receive.  

You will also have to prove that the person you are making a claim against is at-fault for the injuries to or the death of their family member or guardian who supported them.

That said, winning a claim for a loss of guidance can be a difficult and tiring process. It is not something most self-represented claimants will be able to do.

If you're experiencing a loss of guidance, we suggest working with a personal injury lawyer to get the best advice based on your experience and situation.

How Much am I Entitled to for a Loss of Guidance?

At this time the PainWorth personal injury calculator only calculates the most common heads of damage in a personal injury claim like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss-of-income
  • Future loss-of-income
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Loss-of-housekeeping

To understand how much you may be eligible to receive due to a loss of guidance, we suggest working with a personal injury lawyer.

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