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Personal Injury FAQ: What Is Loss of Consortium?

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When a loved one is severely injured or killed in an accident, it devastates the entire family. Your lives may never be the same – financially and emotionally. Loss of consortium describes the ongoing love and support you and your family will miss out on due to your loved one’s untimely death or debilitating injury. While you can’t return to the way things were, the law does allow you to recover financial damages for what you are missing.

If you and your family lost a loved one or a close family member was severely injured due to the negligence of someone else, you may be able to recover damages for loss of consortium. The Houston personal injury attorneys of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have helped many families recover after a tragedy, and are happy to discuss what your family may be entitled to.

Our experienced personal injury lawyers will explain what you can demand through a personal injury lawsuit and how we aggressively work to get every dollar.

Call us today at (281) 283-8500 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.

Who Can Sue For Loss Of Consortium?

The sudden loss or severe impairment of a person can be traumatic for many people beyond their immediate family. However, damages for loss of consortium are only available to:

  • Spouses who lost comfort, solace, companionship, assistance, and affection.
  • Parents who lost companionship and society.
  • Children who lost emotional support and guidance.

How to Prove That You Deserve Loss Of Consortium

In an action for loss of consortium, the court seeks to establish whether the relationship that was lost or greatly altered was genuine for the people involved.

Since this does not involve specific economic damages such as lost wages or medical bills, the best source of evidence in your loss of consortium case would be your testimony and the testimony of other close family and friends. For example, if your spouse was paralyzed, you could tell the court about how you and your spouse can no longer participate in the same activities as you used to.

A Lawyer Can Help You Win Loss Of Consortium Damages

Simply being the relative of a person killed or hurt in an accident is not enough to win a loss of consortium claim. You must provide specific accounts of love and support to prove your loss of consortium.

By working with your attorney, you can illustrate how your relationship with the victim has been impacted. Their ability to demonstrate what you lost and will continue to lose out on can be the difference in recovering damages from the parties responsible for the untimely death or serious injury of your loved one.

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have the resources you need and a long history of fighting for everything accident victims and their families need.

To speak with an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. about your case contact us today at (281) 283-8500.