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In North Carolina (NC), can a husband or wife recover damages for loss of consortium when a spouse is hurt in a car accident?
Loss of consortium is, essentially, losing the benefits of the marital relationship due to injuries to one's spouse. Recovery for loss of consortium includes damages for the loss of services, society, companionship, sexual gratification and affection. If the injury to the married person is serious and permanent, an insurance company may be forced by a claim or lawsuit to pay not only the person hurt, but also the spouse for harm.