Loss of consortium

When a spouse is injured, the non-injured spouse may suffer damages that the law will compensate him or her for. This kind of a claim is called "loss of consortium," which is a confusing term because, among other things, the word "consortium" is not used generally in the English language.

The damages that the non-injured spouse might suffer include:

  • Loss of the companionship of the victim
  • Loss of the household services of the victim
  • Loss of sexual activity with the victim

The non-injured spouse also might suffer emotional distress because of what happened. That goes under the heading of "emotional distress," not loss of consortium.