What Exactly is Loss of Consortium?Posted on: May 24, 2020
Loss of consortium has been a term of English common law for centuries, but in the State of Florida, it gained more wide expansion in the case of Hilda Gates vs Harry Edwin, the latter of which was accused of causing a car accident that rendered Mr. Gates, the plaintiff’s husband, “totally disabled.” In essence, Hilda Gates was left to care for her husband without any of his normal affections being given in return.
It should be specifically noted that the suit is for “loss of consortium” and not loss of support or earnings which the husband might recover in his own right. We are only concerned with loss of consortium, by which is meant, the companionship and fellowship of husband and wife and the right of each to the company, cooperation and aid of the other in every conjugal relation. Consortium means much more than mere sexual relation and consists, also, of that affection, solace, comfort, companionship, conjugal life, fellowship, society and assistance so necessary to a successful marriage.