Losing a loved one due to a car accident is one of the most difficult things that anyone can go through. The surviving spouse of a car accident victim will suffer in many ways because of something that he or she has no control of. He or she will suffer from an emotional perspective, and this is known in formal legal terms as a loss of companionship or loss of consortium. In addition, the surviving spouse may also suffer financially, since he or she no longer has a spouse to support him or her and the rest of the household.
Because of these devastating losses, there are certain routes that surviving spouses can go down in order to take legal action as a result of their loss. These can help them to get by financially after they have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Proving loss of companionship
In order to prove loss of companionship, the surviving spouse must be able to prove that he or she has been deprived of the benefits of a relationship or marriage. Therefore, he or she also must be able to prove the marriage was a strong and healthy one. If children are involved, the surviving spouse may also want to include information about how the loss of his or her spouse has affected the parenting responsibilities and capacities.
By proving loss of companionship, a surviving spouse may be able to gain financial support so that he or she has a greater ability to parent and live a good quality of life without the assistance of his or her spouse. If you want to prove loss of companionship in Ohio, it is a good idea to gain a strong understanding of the law. An experienced attorney can help.