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If my husband was injured, can I can bring a lawsuit too seeking money beause I took care of him while he was getting back to health?

 

A: In New York, the answer is yes. This is called a 'Loss of Consortium' claim. The law permits a spouse to assert a claim for the loss of services that the injured spouse suffered because of their injuries. For example, let's say your husband used to do all the cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. Now that he's injured, you not only have to work at your full time job, you've got to take over all the duties that he did before his injury. In addition, you'll likely have to help him at home with his daily activities such as bathing, going to the bathroom, getting dressed, going up or down stairs, walking him to the car, putting on his shoes, etc. We are permitted to seek separate compensation for the spouse for having to assume all of these additional activities that they didn't have to do before.