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Understanding loss of consortium claims

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2018 | Serious Injuries And Wrongful Death

If you have lost your spouse or someone you know has lost their spouse due to a tragic car accident, it will feel impossible to know how to move forward. After you have taken your time to grieve and come to terms with such a terrible loss, it is likely that you will want to make sure that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.

One way that a spouse may be able to take action in receiving compensation for the tragic incident is to make a claim for loss of consortium. This is a way for a close family member of the car accident victim to make a compensation claim because of the suffering that it caused them.

What does loss of consortium mean?

Loss of consortium is often otherwise known as the loss of companionship or affection. It is a claim that a spouse or parent of a car accident victim might make in order to gain a tangible form of compensation for the intangible and irreplaceable losses that they suffered.

How can I prove loss of consortium?

It is possible to make a claim for loss of consortium if you lost a close family member to a car accident or if a close family member was seriously injured. You can prove loss of consortium by testifying to the quality of your loving relationship before the incident occurred. You should be able to show that you were in a stable relationship and that the accident severely impeded this setup.

If you would like to make a claim of loss of consortium in Illinois, it is important that you understand the claims process.