If you are a resident of Missouri and you have lost a loved one in an accident, you may have heard the term “loss of companionship”. But what exactly does this mean, and does it apply to your situation?
In short, as stated by The Free Dictionary, a loss of consortium is another, more common way of phrasing the term. It covers the emotional distress that you are put through because you have lost a significant other, or if they have become injured in a great way. Included in this is the potential grief over losing the ability to have children or the possible loss of sexual relations due to the injury or death of the other party.
Generally speaking, loss of companionship focuses more on the damage done to the emotional aspects of a relationship. This can include support, bonds and so on, as the name implies. Loss of consortium tends to refer more toward the physical aspect of a relationship.
In cases of wrongful death, you can be awarded damages for loss of companionship. There are limits set on the amount you can recover. For example, some states cap at $350,000 for adults and $500,000 for minors. The limits are set due to the fact that some juries might be swayed more by certain stories, and it is meant to keep compensation relatively fair across the board.
Though dealing with the burden of loss can be quite difficult, having the option to pursue damages for compensation can help you to navigate through some of the issues with more financial security. This can help you recover and start rebuilding your life after a loss.