As a Fort Worth personal injury attorney, I know that a common (yet rarely talked about) consequence of being in a car wreck is an impact on your sex life. This could occur for a number of reasons; you could have suffered a physical problem directly caused by the wreck, or it could be a result of the pain, depression or other psychological problems caused by being injured.
Common Sexual Problems After a Car Accident
Some of the sexual problems that arise for car wreck victims include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Sexual difficulties
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature ejaculation
- Menstrual cramps
- Decreased vaginal lubrication
- Painful muscle tension
- Decreased sensitivity
- Increased sensitivity
- Loss of bladder/bowel control
If your sex life has been harmed after an accident, it's important that you discuss the issue with your doctor. First, you need to talk to your doctor in order to get help and start healing. Additionally, when you talk to your doctor, they'll make a note of your complaints in your medical records. This record by the doctor is very important if you hope to recover money for loss of consortium later down the line.
It is important to note that sexuality concerns issues of both physical and emotional intimacy. It may be that your injuries have also damaged your feelings of self-confidence or self-worth, which in turn might affect your relationship.
Loss of Consortium Law in Texas
Generally, if your sex life has been affected because you suffered injuries in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you have the right to compensation for it. The money you'll be awarded falls under the umbrella of pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Your spouse may also be able to claim additional compensation under something called "loss of consortium."
(Learn more about how to claim damages for pain and suffering here).
Loss of consortium covers all aspects of companionship, not just the loss of sexual intimacy. This is an important distinction, because the injuries can cause a great deal of distress, frustration and tension, which can in turn cause partners to become less emotionally and physically intimate.
As a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I know that the aftermath of a car wreck or other serious accident can put a tremendous amount of stress on a formerly happy marriage.
Note that you cannot claim for loss of consortium yourself; your husband or wife must make that claim. As a result, they will be named as a secondary plaintiff in your case against the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Talk to a Fort Worth Injury Lawyer Today
In order to win any money for your loss of sexual intimacy, you're going to have to prove that the accident is responsible for it. That's a tricky thing to do, which is why many car accident victims choose to hire a lawyer to build their case for them.
At the Anderson Law Firm, we have over 40 years combined experience winning injury victims the money they deserve for their pain and suffering. For more information on your legal rights as a Dallas-Fort Worth accident victim, please contact the Anderson Law Firm.
To talk to a lawyer now, call 817-294-1900.
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