Published: Tuesday, 04 September 2012 15:36
Sometimes, injured people don’t pursue compensation because they’re afraid of the stress of a lawsuit. But it’s important to remember that when someone is hurt, it’s not just that person who suffers. Family members, such as spouses, parents, and children, may have suffered as well. And they may deserve compensation for their own emotional pain – which is another reason why injured people should always discuss their situation with an attorney, so they can understand the rights of everyone involved.
The legal system recognizes the loss that family members experience when a loved one is hurt. It often allows family members to bring claims for their own “loss of consortium” with the injured person.
As with so many things, the law varies from state to state and from situation to situation. For instance, sometimes compensation for “loss of consortium” can be awarded as part of the injured person’s lawsuit. And sometimes the family members themselves can bring their own separate claims.
In some cases, a spouse can bring a claim and be compensated for the damage to the couple’s intimate relationship. In other cases, children can also be compensated, and the compensation is for the broader loss of the family member’s companionship, support, love and affection.
Our legal system recognizes the loss that family members suffer when a person is hurt in an accident.
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