A Personal Injury – Loss of Consortium
In addition to the usual and typical damages incurred in a personal injury accident, such as medical expenses, future medical expenses, loss of wages, etc. you may qualify to claim another type of “damage” in cases where the parties are married.
Consortium damages are a loss to the marriage. Traditionally, a claim for consortium damages has not brought large rewards, however it is a type of damage you can use to add to other punitive or monetary damages you may be receiving in a claim. Therefore it is important to know of this type of loss that can be claimed as “damages” if you or your spouse are injured. These damages are considered to be non-economic in nature because you have not lost anything of monetary value as a result of the injury; rather you have lost intimacy with your partner. You could receive compensation for this lost intimacy.
This loss is characterized by claiming damages for mental anguish; emotional pain and suffering; and loss of society, companionship, comfort, protection, care, marital care, parental care, filial care, attention, advice, counsel, training, guidance, or education. These are all things you can recover for if you or your spouse has been injured. Many clients are uncomfortable in asking for consortium because it is necessary to testify as to how frequently they were intimate with their partner before the injury and how frequently they are intimate with their partner after as a result of the injury. For these types of damages, you are entitled to recovery for intimacy hardships and it is important for you to be aware of this and to take advantage of every damage to which you are entitled.
Fred Antenberg is our Columbia Personal Injury Attorney who represents clients in personal injury cases that involve non-economic damages in Howard County and the Central Maryland Region. He will discuss your accident, the damages you have incurred, and the very personal injury that you may have suffered because of this accident. He can help you recover from your accident, and put you on the right track to returning to the place you were before the accident. To discuss your accident, CONTACT Fred today at 410-730-4404!