Attorneys who handle personal injury cases such as car accidents, truck accidents, or nursing home negligence cases are often asked, “How much is my case worth?” Unfortunately, there is not an easy answer to that question, since the amount of damages that may be available in a given case depends upon several factors.
Typically, some possible elements of damages include past medical expenses, future medical care and rehabilitation, past lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
In some situations, loss of consortium damages may also be available. “Loss of consortium” refers to the loss of the benefits of a family relationship, such as that between a parent and child or husband and wife. In the case of spousal consortium, Kentucky law says the claim is for the right to the services, assistance, aid, society, companionship, and conjugal relationship between spouses. See the post on Kentucky Court Report covering the case of Tina Martin, Administratrix of the Estate of Billie Carol Shreve, Deceased; and Donald Ray Shreve, Individually v. Ohio County Hospital Corporation, as an example.