An overview of loss of consortium

Have you lost a loved one in a Georgia car accident? This is never an easy situation to handle, especially if it was a child or a young parent. Either way, the loss of a loved one is overwhelming. As the surviving family member of the victim, you are permitted to file suit for loss of consortium.

If the other driver involved in the car accident that severely injured or killed your spouse was negligent, it's possible that you could recover compensation for the loss of consortium or companionship with your spouse.

Loss of consortium is reserved for the family members closest to the victim of the accident, such as the spouse, child or parent. For the most part, these cases typically involved the spouse of the accident victim and focus on the loss of the benefits of marriage due to the injuries suffered or the death of the victim.

In order to prove that you have lost consortium due to the injuries or death to your spouse you will have to show the following:

  • Provide information as to the living arrangements of each of you
  • That there was a loving, stable relationship between the two of you
  • The life expectancy of the individual
  • The amount of companionship and care that the surviving spouse received

When you lose a loved one due to the negligence of another person, you will struggle with healing and moving forward. Wrongful death is a serious issue that can cause surviving family members a lot of harm.

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