Action for the Loss of Services Law and Legal Definition

Action for the loss of services can be an action brought by a husband against a person for wrongfully taking away, imprisoning or physically harming his wife, provided the husband is deprived of the services and society of his wife. In order to bring an action for loss of services there must be the loss of a woman's capacity to make usual contributions as a wife and mother in a household. It is also referred to as an action for loss of consortium.

Action for the loss of services can also be brought by a parent for the loss of services and earnings of his/her unemancipated child because of the wrongful injury inflicted on the child by the defendant. Here, the right of the parent for action stems from the parental interest in the custody, society, companionship, and affection of his/her offspring.