When your spouse leaves for work every morning, you expect him or her to return at the end of the day. Unfortunately, though, someone’s negligent conduct may cause a catastrophic accident that results in the serious injury or death of your loved one. If that happens, you may be able to receive compensation for loss of consortium. 

After a serious accident, there may be a variety of physical damages, including medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering. On the other hand, a loss of consortium action attempts to compensate you for your intangible losses. You can likely pursue a loss of consortium claim if your spouse suffered a serious injury or died because of someone’s negligent actions. Such actions typically have a few different components. 

Lost support 

Lost support is a major component of any loss of consortium claim. You probably receive a tremendous amount of financial and other support from your partner. If your husband or wife is suddenly unable to provide the same level of support, filing a loss of consortium action may be the right approach. 

Lost services 

Husbands and wives perform a seemingly endless number of household tasks. These include cooking, cleaning and childcare. If your partner can no longer help you with these duties, you are apt to suffer the sort of loss that a consortium action covers. 

Lost affection 

Marital relationships are both significant and meaningful. After all, you rely on your spouse for love, affection, physical intimacy, friendship and companionship. If a major injury or death robs you of many of these emotional benefits, you may experience a tremendous void. Even though monetary damages cannot fill this emptiness, a successful loss of consortium action may help you cope. 

No one wants to hear that a partner has suffered a serious injury or died. Still, if someone caused your spouse’s injury or death, you should not have to bear the cost of the consequences you are apt to experience. By understanding loss of consortium claims, you can better advocate for what is rightfully yours.