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Loss of Consortium

Pasadena Personal Injury Lawyers

In a minute, an injury can end not only a person's life but the lives of the people they love. If your relationship with your husband or wife has been significantly changed because of an injury your spouse sustained, California law is clear: you can use a "loss of consortium" claim to hold the negligent party who caused the accident accountable for changes in your relationship and your family.

What does a loss of consortium claim cover?

While the term of "loss of consortium" is commonly associated with the absence of intimacy because of an injury, it can encompass additional facets.

These often include the following:

  • Emotional instability caused by incapacitation of a spouse
  • Loss of affection
  • Loss of familial role of your spouse
  • Potential loss of ability of bear children
  • Discomfort

A loss of consortium claim differs from a normal personal injury case for many reasons. Perhaps most notably, the plaintiff is not the person who was injured in an accident. Additionally, loss of consortium damages is defined as "non-economic," which means they have no objective monetary value. As a result, it is up to the jury and/or judge to determine what the economic cost of these damages are.

Don't Be Afraid: Get an Advocate on Your Side

Pursuing legal action can seem like an overwhelming and potentially intimidating prospect. At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we want to make going to through the legal system stress-free. We believe you already have enough on your plate—legal action shouldn't be on your shoulders as well. Our firm is proud to have recovered millions of dollars for our clients over 20 years of legal experience. The Pasadena personal injury attorneys at our firm proudly take cases on a contingency fee basis arrangement, so you will not pay a single fee if we do not win.

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