Thursday, September 08, 2005

Joke for Law-Type Peoples Only

My Individual Income Tax textbook had a hypothetical situation about a guy who lost his right arm. He sued for what they termed "loss of enjoyment." My question: if he's not married, can he sue for loss of consortium?

Edit: explanation in comments


  1. Loss of enjoyment is kind of a generalized claim for damages to your own body. Loss of consortium, on the other hand, is usually reserved to a surviving spouse, and is traditionally meant to compensate for the husband's loss of his wife's [sexual] services.

    So the joke is, that he lost the "services" of his right hand.

    . . .

    If you still don't get it, it's a masturbation joke.

  2. Wow!

    You're on a roll this week!

    "On the other hand..." HA!

    But seriously, I would say that the "consortium" would probably be wrapped up in the enjoyment claim...I doubt any plaintiff wants these type of giggles from the judge or jury...Plus, everyone would know/think about the possible uses of a dominant hand and apply them to damages...

  3. Good point, Jon, about the damages consideration.