business-oriented, and had no expectation of retiring.
17. In 1978 plaintiff's earnings from the business were $ 80,000.00 ($ 30,000.00 salary and $ 50,000.00 bonus). In 1979, the year of the accident, he received salary of $ 2,500 for the first three months plus bonus, or a total of $ 57,500.00. In 1980, he received only a $ 30,000.00 bonus. In 1981, he received the $ 30,000.00 bonus together with $ 12,000.00 for sale of the business, or a total of $ 42,000.00. Assuming the normal return is $ 80,000.00, the loss for the period 1979-81 would be the sum of $ 22,500.00. $ 50,000.00 and $ 38,000.00 or $ 110,500.00. Assuming the continuance in business until age 75, $ 240,000.00 additional would be added, making a total economic loss of $ 350,500.00. Pain, suffering, and inconvenience can fairly be assumed to increase the total damages to $ 375,500.00. Reducing this sum by $ 33,160.00 (see No. 4 supra) we come to the amount of Reuter's damages as $ 342,340.00, which must be reduced to $ 250,000.00 (see No. 3 supra.)
18. The wife-plaintiff, Lois G. Reuter, had enjoyed an active social life, entertaining with grace and attractiveness in support of her husband's business affairs and contacts with clients. The accident and injuries affecting him transformed her into a nurse or caretaker. The diminution of income from the business "Reagonomized" her life-style by budget cuts, necessitating putting their home on the market at an asking price of $ 450,000.00. An award of $ 45,000.00 for loss of consortium seems fair.
19. For the reasons stated above, the Court, as trier of the facts, finds and awards, against the defendant United States of America, and in favor of the plaintiff Henry F. Reuter in the amount of $ 250,000.00 and in favor of the plaintiff Lois G. Reuter in the amount of $ 45,000.00. Judgment is entered accordingly.
AND NOW, this 24th day of March, 1982, for the reasons set forth in the above findings of fact and conclusions of law,
IT IS ORDERED that judgment be and it hereby is entered against the defendant United States of America and in favor of plaintiff Henry F. Reuter in the amount of $ 250,000.00 and in favor of plaintiff Lois G. Reuter in the amount of $ 45,000.00.
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