<![CDATA[Surviving and recovering from a serious injury is a life-altering experience for the one who was injured, but they aren’t the only ones affected. Family and close friends will also be impacted by the event. This is most true, perhaps, for the spouse of the injured person. While the main goal of the personal injury lawsuit is to help the person who was involved in the accident or incident, there are aspects of the proceedings that do try to acknowledge the trials and challenges of the injured person’s spouse.
Loss of ConsortiumLoss of Consortium is a claim that is usually filed by the spouse of the person who was injured, seeking compensation for what they suffered because of the injuries. “Consortium” is Latin, probably taken from the phrase “per quod servitium et consortium amisit” which translates to “in consequence of which he lost her society and service.” Such a claim usually points to the fact that a spouse lost all or some of the following due to the injury:
- Companionship and intimacy
- Services that had previously been provided by the injured person
- Income that had previously been provided
- Social contact, since the injured person was not able to be social
The processA skilled personal injury attorney will know how to pursue this type of damage for your spouse, just as all of the other aspects of the personal injury claim. During the deposition and/or trial process, the opposing party will likely ask you and your spouse such as:
- What was your relationship with your spouse like before the injury?
- Have the two of you ever had to seek counseling?
- Were you ever abused by the injury victim?
- Were either of you ever incarcerated before the injury?