Serious Injuries and the Loss of Consortium

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Every day, people in Florida suffer injuries caused by accidents. Most people understand that a serious injury can result in lost wages, pain, and suffering for the injured person. However, family members of an accident victim can be subjected to another kind of suffering: the loss of consortium.

Loss of Consortium between Spouses

Catastrophic injuries do more than physical harm. For a married couple, physical injuries can take away the ability of a partner to have a sexual relationship, provide financial support, or perform daily household tasks. Brain damage may take away a spouse’s ability to communicate or offer emotional support.

Loss of Consortium after a Parent’s Injury

Children also suffer in the wake of a parent’s injuries. The adult may no longer be able to offer advice and guidance. There are also practical implications when a parent cannot give financial support or carry out simple parental tasks such as giving rides to events. Part of the job of a personal injury attorney is to make certain that the court considers the broad impact of an injury.

Loss of Consortium after a Child’s Injury

Loss of consortium can be a consideration after an accident involving a minor, as traumatic injuries can disrupt the relationship between the parent and child. Brain injuries that affect the developmental maturity of a child can be especially troubling. A child who is no longer able to reciprocate affection is an extreme loss for a family.

The loss of consortium can be an invisible source of suffering after a serious injury. If your family relationship suffers because of an accident, an experienced lawyer may help you understand your legal options. Contact Burnett Law, P.A., today for a free consultation.