In a surprise decision, made public yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that a husband whose wife was killed in a car crash was entitled to compensation that will allow him to hire domestic help to cover the chores that his spouse would have done. An appeals court had recently rejected the case of a husband who wanted monthly compensation payments for the loss of his wife so he could hire a maid, but the Supreme Court overturned this decision. It ruled that if either the husband or wife is killed in a road accident, the surviving partner is entitled to demand compensation for loss of services from the person deemed responsible for the fatal crash. The Supreme Court recently decided that when one half of a couple who were living together, but not married, was killed in similar circumstances, the surviving partner was not entitled to any compensation. Only married people could claim compensation, the court ruled.