I was injured in an accident and can no longer have relations with my spouse – can my spouse sue, too?

January 11, 2010

When an accident victim’s injuries interfere with their marriage, that victim’s spouse is suffering from “loss of consortium.” You can make a claim for loss of consortium along with the other claims you bring in your Texas personal injury lawsuit.

Loss of consortium is the legal term for the negative effect that injuries suffered in an accident, whether mental or physical, can have on a relationship. When one spouse is injured in an accident, the non-injured spouse can suffer too because they lose some of the care, affection, support, sexual relations, love and companionship they enjoyed before the accident.

Note that loss of consortium is not limited to the loss of sexual relations, however. Loss of consortium is a much broader concept that includes the loss of love, affection, moral support and even household services. Loss of consortium is the court’s recognition of the fact that a victim’s injuries have disrupted their marriage in a meaningful way.

If your spouse has been injured in an accident, contact Fears | Nachawati today for free advice on your legal rights. To learn more about loss of consortium and Texas personal injury lawsuits, email us or phone us toll free at 1.866.705.7584 for a no-charge legal consultation

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