What Is Loss of Consortium?

Mar 22, 2018 Legal Blog    Ohio Personal Injury    Wrongful Death

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

When someone you love is severely injured or killed in an accident, your life may never be the same. Loss of consortium is a term that refers to the ongoing love and support you and your family will miss because of the death or life-changing injury of a loved one. If you are forced to live with a new “normal” and adapt to a life that is different than the one you had before your family member’s death or injury, you may be able to recover financial damages for loss of consortium.

If someone you love has faced a catastrophic injury or lost their life as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is in your best interest to contact our compassionate and highly skilled Ohio personal injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick to determine if you can sue for loss of consortium. Contact us right away at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

Who is Eligible to Sue for Loss of Consortium

In Ohio, you are eligible to sue for loss of consortium if you are the spouse or a minor child of the victim. It is important to keep in mind that while it can be traumatic to lose a friend or co-worker, loss of consortium only applies to close family members.

Proving Loss of Consortium

Proving loss of consortium involves the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. If you are eligible to sue for this damage, a lawyer will work with you to communicate your suffering to the court. They will also help you collect all necessary evidence to prove your claim.

You should find a lawyer that you feel comfortable with, as they will likely ask you intimate details about your relationship with the victim to prove your case. You may also be required to testify intimate aspects of your relationship.

You’ll have to explain the stability of your marriage or relationship prior to the accident and the damage it has suffered since it occurred. In addition, you’ll have to describe any mental anguish you may have suffered and the impact of your loved one’s injuries on your home life.

Recoverable Loss of Consortium Damages

If you sue for loss of consortium, you may be able to recover a variety of damages including:

  • Loss of income if your loved one was the primary breadwinner
  • Loss of guidance if you are a child who has lost a parent
  • Loss of services your loved one used to perform such as childcare, cleaning, and laundry
  • Loss of sexual relationship
  • Loss of affection

Contact Our Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers

If your spouse or parent has been wrongfully killed or injured in an accident, you should reach out to our Ohio personal injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away. We can guide you through the process of recovering damages for loss of consortium and answer any questions you may have. Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free case evaluation.

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