A loss of consortium claim is claim for loss of comfort, care, services and society and is a form of compensation to the spouse of an accident victim. Suppose, for example, that you were in a catastrophic automobile accident that rendered you comatose. Imagine the impact on your spouse who would be deprived of your affection, your comfort, your emotional support and your care. In Pennsylvania, you should discuss whether a consortium claim can be part of your claim for compensation. The claim belongs to the spouse of an accident victim, but cannot be brought separate from your injury claim. Generally, loss of consortium includes a demand for compensation for:
- Loss of Affection
- Loss of Comfort
- Deprivation of emotional support and care
- Loss of services around the home such as household chores or childcare
- Loss of sexual relations
- Loss of society
Consortium claims often are smaller than the principal injury claim. But they still can provide substantial compensation. Most importantly, there is a craft to presenting such a claim. You should speak with your attorney before suit is filed to make sure that a consortium claim is raised, if appropriate.
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