A seriously injured spouse can create painful losses for their "other half". Because a wrongdoer carelessly hurt your spouse, you're left to undeserved loneliness and the overwhelming task of caring for a hurt spouse and trying to run an entire household alone. 

In this brief video, a South Carolina injury lawyer explains the law often recognizes the hard road a healthy spouse travels after an accident, by compensating them for "loss of consortium," based on the damage to their marriage.


When your spouse is hurt in an accident you can be compensated, too. It's called loss of consortium and it's available in most cases except workers compensation. Loss of consortium is the legal recognition that when your spouse hurts you hurt. It compensates you for the damage to your marriage life caused by the accident. Here are some basic factors it considers.

  • Love and affection. It's the heart of the myriad relationship and it's expressed in so many ways big and small.
  • Companionship. Losing the one you've chosen to walk through life with even temporarily can be emotionally crippling when permanent injuries change that relationship forever it can be devastating.
  • Help with life. Like raising children, helping with meals help him keep a house clean help and run a household and keeping a nice yard. A badly hurt spouse can't do that. Your spouse is your chosen partner in the decisions and plans of your life both big and small. But a severely injured spouse just can't be there for you.

If you're already wondering whether you're going to have to shoulder the burden of getting your family's case settled on your known, good news: you don't have to. Don't add another task to your overwhelming list and remember taking on an insurance company when you're trying to work, run a household, and care for a hurt spouse can be like taking on an 800-pound gorilla with your hands tied behind your back.

Call us to see what we can do to help you and you don't even have to take the time to do that. You can start an email or live chat right where you are and we'll schedule a time to meet with you when it's convenient. I thank you for thinking about this with me and I hope I see you soon.

Rob Usry
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Rob is a Spartanburg personal injury lawyer. Rob also practices as a workers' compensation attorney.