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Loss of Consortium in Massachusetts

By DiBella Law Offices on April 23, 2023

Man sits in anguish with his hands on his head with a body of water behind him. There are a lot of special people in this world. And it’s impossible to place a value on all the joy and comfort they bring to the people around them. When someone who plays an important role in our lives is severely harmed or taken away from us, it puts a huge strain on everyone in the family.

If a drunk driver runs a red light and smashes into the side of somebody’s car, their careless actions will impact so many people. It’s easy to calculate how much it’s going to cost to fix the car. But it’s impossible to know how many people are going to be harmed by the injuries to an innocent person.

What Is Loss of Consortium?

Loss of consortium is a term used by insurance adjusters to describe all the intangibles that someone brings to our lives. When tragedy impacts the love and support that a person provides on a daily basis, it takes a huge toll on the people who rely on them the most.

We depend upon the people closest to us for so many kinds of support:

  • Love and affection
  • Protection
  • Companionship
  • Solace and comfort
  • Child-rearing assistance
  • Physical intimacy
  • Moral support
  • Household contributions

Who’s Harmed by Loss of Consortium?

The loss of life or a severe injury makes it harder for everyone in a family to help each other. What do you do when the person everyone has been leaning on suddenly can’t do the things they used to?

The spouse is usually the person who faces the largest burden when they’re forced to become a caretaker while taking over so many additional responsibilities. But other family members are also harmed.

After an accident that kills or dramatically injures a loved one, family members who may seek damages for loss of consortium may include:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Dependent adult children with disabilities

What Causes Loss of Consortium?

Careless people who fail to take basic precautions to protect others leave a trail of destruction behind them. Everyone has a duty of care to use common sense and good judgment to avoid harming others. When people fail to think about what they’re doing and don’t make an effort to be more careful, the effects can be devastating.

Examples of incidents that cause family members to suffer loss of consortium include:

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