Loss of consortium is essentially defined as the loss of companionship, moral support and even intimacy after a wrongful injury to a spouse or a registered domestic partner.
Loss of consortium falls under the category of non-economic compensatory damages that a plaintiff may be entitled to. These damages are intended to compensate an individual for the loss of their spouse's -- or partner's -- regular relations and companionship.
According to California law, loss of consortium is:
- Loss of sexual relations or the ability to have children.
- Loss of companionship, love, comfort, care, protection, assistance, affection, moral support, etc.