When someone has been injured in an accident, it is easy to see the effects of that accident and the resulting injuries on that person’s life. Health, happiness, mental state, financial security – all of these things may be affected and obvious to an outside observer. What is not as easy to see and understand is the effect those injuries can have on the injury victim’s family.
The people most often affected by an injury victim’s suffering are his or her family members. They have the difficulty of seeing their beloved partner, child, or parent in pain, in the hospital, or worse. Injury victims often have mental issues, including depression and anxiety, or even drastic personality changes or permanent brain damage. One can only imagine the suffering of a family when one family member simply is not the same person after an accident. In cases involving severe or permanent injuries, a spouse or parent may be come a part- or full-time caregiver, sacrificing career and social life to care for his or her partner, parent, or child.
Spouses often have additional burdens: becoming the sole breadwinner, taking on additional parenting responsibilities, and doing additional housework are common problems for spouses of accident victims. An injury victim may no longer be able to provide his or her spouse with the same care and companionship, both emotional and physical, as before the accident. In such cases, a spouse may be able to file a separate legal action for compensation for what the law calls loss of consortium. Loss of consortium includes the loss of love, comfort, service, and physical intimacy that is normally present in a marriage, but which can lessen or even disappear when one’s spouse has serious mental or physical injuries.
At Litwiniuk & Company, we fight for families. We have seen firsthand the effects that an injury accident can have not only on the injured person, but also on their loved ones. Since 1976, we have helped thousands of injured Albertans and their spouses, children, parents, and grandparents navigate the Alberta legal system and get the compensation they need to get life back on track. We understand that injury accidents do not just affect individuals, they affect those who are nearest and dearest. So if someone you love has been injured in an accident in Alberta, and you do not know where to turn, call us for your free consultation today. We take care of the legal work and paperwork so you can focus on taking care of what is most important: your family.