Spouse Awarded $1,000,000 for Loss of Consortium Claim


Loss of consortium is the term most often used by judges and lawyers to refer to the claims of physically uninjured spouses in personal injury cases brought by their physically injured mates. The claim arises when a physically injured person cannot as a result provide his or her spouse with the services, companionship, love, affection and sexual relations enjoyed before the accident.

The loss of consortium claim is usually not a significant one unless the physically injured spouse has suffered a devastating, long-lasting injury such as paralysis, incontinence, loss of sexual function or inability to walk.

Judges in New York tell juries in personal injury cases that in determining the loss of consortium damage amounts they are to consider following factors and traits of the physically injured spouse:

*disposition and temperament

*social life

*services rendered in supervising the household

*acts of affection, love and sexual intercourse

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