Compensation for Loss of Consortium after Wrongful Death
By Michael Verna on March 14, 2017
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences a person will go through. Unfortunately, the ramifications of such a loss extend much further than just a brief period of grief. When a spouse, parent, or child dies, it brings about lifelong changes and feelings of loss. In some cases, a death is expected. However, some are sudden and unexpected as a result of a wrongful death.
A wrongful death is one that is caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party. A wrongful death may occur after a car accident, medical malpractice, or physical assault. When the loss of a loved one is the result of a wrongful death, the responsible party can be held liable for the financial and emotional damages that result from the loss.
At Bowles & Verna LLP, our attorneys have experience handling wrongful death and loss of consortium damages for our clients from San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, and Oakland, CA. While these losses are more difficult to quantify than financial damages, we will build a strong case to ensure our clients are justly compensated for these devastating losses.
Defining Loss of Consortium
Loss of consortium is a legal term. When a wrongful death occurs, there are different categories of losses that a surviving loved one experiences. The financial losses following a wrongful death are pretty clear. Financial losses include any amount of money that was lost to cover costs such as medical bills and funeral and burial expenses, as well as the loss of any future finances that the deceased could have reasonably been expected to provide.
Loss of consortium refers more to the emotional losses suffered by surviving loved ones. These losses are not as easy to calculate, but they are often even more devastating than any financial losses, and usually have much more long-lasting consequences. When the term “loss of consortium” is used in a wrongful death case, it is referring to damages such as a loss of companionship; loss of moral support; and loss of love, attention, and affection.
Calculating Loss of Consortium Damages
Loss of consortium damages are not as clear as financial losses, because there are no numbers or costs associated with love and companionship. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced wrongful death attorney, such as those at Bowles & Verna LLP, when fighting for compensation after a wrongful death. Our attorneys have handled many wrongful death cases and have a thorough understanding of the laws regarding loss of consortium. We will build the strongest case possible to ensure our clients are compensated to the maximum extent of the law for all losses incurred by the wrongful death, including loss of consortium damages.
If you have lost a loved one to wrongful death and have questions about your right to compensation for damages suffered, contact us at your earliest convenience. The wrongful death attorneys at Bowles & Verna LLP can answer any questions you may have regarding the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit.