What Exactly is Loss of Consortium?

Posted on: May 24, 2020
What Exactly is Loss of Consortium / Civil Trial Attorneys / Wrongful Death / Orlando Oviedo Winter Springs Altamonte Winter Park Sanford Lawyers / Beers and Gordon P.A.After a fatal accident, sometimes the greatest loss we find in the death of a loved one is not financial, but rooted in companionship, a unique loss of marital benefits that include the sexual relationship or simply an absence of affection and comfort. Or in the case of a parental relationship, that loss can even include emotional support.

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.

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