Loss of Consortium Explained

by Dudley DeBosier | December 30th, 2018

If you’re thinking of pursuing a compensation claim after the injury or death of a loved one, you may already know that you could be eligible to receive damages for medical bills, lost wages, and funeral costs. But you also may be eligible to receive money for loss of consortium.

Loss of consortium refers to the deprivation of the benefits of a family relationship caused by that person’s disabling injury or death. Those benefits include:

  • Loss of services—Running a household is hard work, and when a spouse or loved one dies or is severely injured, that task may fall on just one person.
  • Loss of support—Marriages and family relationships involve emotional support. Deaths or serious injuries can put that level of support in jeopardy.
  • Loss of quality in the relationship—Injuries can dramatically and permanently change relationships and marriages, making intimacy and day-to-day living more difficult for both parties.

Our Louisiana Injury Lawyers Want to Help

Getting compensation for loss of consortium isn’t always easy. Unlike more immediately tangible losses like medical bills and lost income, the emotional and psychological effects that an injury or death has on a relationship and a family can be difficult to prove or present when preparing a compensation claim.

The Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Dudley DeBosier know how to build strong claims for spouses and other family members when their loved ones are killed or seriously injured, and we know what it takes to win. Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help protect your rights to compensation.

IVC Filter Recall

by Peter Ellis | June 19th, 2018

If you or a loved one is ever surprised with an unfortunate diagnosis that is believed to be a result of the use of a commercial product or pharmaceutical, it can be a frustrating and confusing time. Many people do not know where to turn for information or help. That’s where we come in.

When the manufacturer of a defective product or pharmaceutical causes harm to its customers or the public, the consolidation of these cases is often known as a Mass Tort. These types of cases are generally consolidated for time and efficiency given the sheer number and size of the claimant group. This does not mean, however, that the cases will receive the same value as many people who have been parts of “class actions” expect. Mass Tort claims are typically evaluated on an individual basis with point allotments for various types and degrees of injury.

To begin, contact our Mass Tort department at Dudley DeBosier so that we can help educate you on the product and whether there are any known recalls or warnings for the product used. If you or someone you know is aware of any recalls or warnings about the product, it may be wise to maintain medical records of any diagnosis, proof of purchase, proof of product use, and/or proof of product identification. This information can help assist our Mass Tort team in evaluating the potential for your claim against the manufacturer of the product, drug, or device.

In the event we can assist you with your claim, you can expect that we will order and review the pertinent medical records, maintain contact with you to inform you of the status of your specific claim, and help describe the overall Mass Tort case status and timeline. These cases are often very complex, large scale, and time sensitive, so do not hesitate to contact our firm if there is any suspicion that you or someone you know has been harmed by a defective product.