loss of consortium


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loss of consortium

n. the inability of one's spouse to have normal marital relations, which is a euphemism for sexual intercourse. Such loss arises as a claim for damages when a spouse has been injured and cannot participate in sexual relations for a period of time or permanently due to the injury, or suffers from mental distress, due to a defendant's wrongdoing, which interferes with usual sexual activity. Thus, the uninjured spouse can join in the injured mate's lawsuit on a claim of loss of consortium, the value of which is speculative, but can be awarded if the jury (or judge sitting as trier of fact) is sufficiently impressed by the deprivation. (See: consortium, damages)

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The suit alleged claims for wrongful death, negligence, loss of consortium and fraud.
Nor, did the court find that the trial court erred in the admission of evidence concerning a miscarriage that Leonard suffered during the time period in question, since it was relevant to her ability to have children, a legitimate area of inquiry in view of her loss of consortium claim which was included in her suit against the hospital.
Gorecki based on claims of negligence, passive and active fraudulent concealment, continuing wrong, and loss of consortium.
The claimant will receive the victim's full earnings and employment benefits for life, as well as damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
The claim, filed in November by the now 20-year-old woman, seeks $490,000 in damages against the city for ``severe physical and emotional damages,'' loss of earnings, loss of consortium and damage to her reputation.
Wong, and "Doe" defendants, alleging causes of action for negligence and loss of consortium.
The plaintiffs sought damages for the loss of consortium, the loss of pecuniary value of the patient's life, his funeral, medical, and hospital bills, and other damages.
ISSUE: Is an independent and self-supporting adult son able to recover for the loss of consortium with his deceased father?
Although widely believed to have originated in English common law, the claim for loss of consortium can be traced to Roman civil law.
amp; Affiliates, claiming negligence and loss of consortium.
The patient's wife also joined the suit with a claim for, inter alia, loss of consortium.
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