What are Loss of Consortium Damages?

In Colorado, the laws allow spouses of persons who have suffered severe personal injuries to claim loss of consortium damages. Loss of consortium is not claimed by the person who has suffered the injury, but by the spouse of the injured victim. Husbands or wives may be eligible to recover loss of consortium damages according to a Denver personal injury lawyer.

For example, when a person has suffered a severe brain injury, and suffers physical, emotional, and sexual consequences that severely impact his marital life, the spouse may be eligible to recover damages for loss of consortium. These are in addition to the pain and suffering and other types of noneconomic damages that the injured victim may also claim.

Broadly, loss of consortium damages will seek to compensate the spouse for loss of companionship, loss of support, and loss of affection, as a result of the injury. The damages will also compensate the spouse for the loss of services as a result of the injury. For instance, the injured spouse may no longer be able to care for children, or help the spouse with household chores, and these damages can be included in a claim. Finally, loss of consortium damages may also seek to compensate a spouse for the loss of sexual relations or intimacy as a result of the injury. Remember, these consequences may last a long time, and could even be permanent.

Speak to a Denver personal injury lawyer to determine whether you are eligible for loss of consortium damages.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.