FREE CONSULTATIONS 856.983.8695

NJ Car Accident Law: Can an Injured Car, Bus or Truck Victim’s Spouse Recover Damages?

Philip Ciprietti, NJ Car & Truck Accident Lawyer

Philip Ciprietti offers clients a genuine interest in their well-being and success and places clients’ interests first in all matters. Since 1982, Mr. Ciprietti has been certified by the NJ Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

Review: "His commitment and his willingness to go the extra mile, to fight hard for you make Phil an outstanding attorney. He is the one you want on your side." Read more testimonials.

Drivers and passengers are often injured in NJ car, bus or truck accidents.  Injured victims may file a lawsuit against the at fault driver for damages.  If car accident victims are married, their spouses also have a right to file claims against the negligent drivers.  Such claims are called “loss of consortium” claims.

New Jersey has long recognized the right of a spouse to recover for the loss of his or her spouse’s love, companionship and marital services when that loss is caused by the actions of another, such as the negligent driver in a car accident.  While the value of a spouse’s companionship is almost inestimable, spouses can recover for the benefits they enjoyed before their spouse was injured but lost as a result of the wrongdoer’s actions.

A loss of consortium claim in New Jersey allows a spouse to recover for his/her own losses, such as loss of companionship, comfort, usefulness, affection, intimacy and services from the injured spouse.  Some of the services a New Jersey car accident victim’s spouse can recover include:

  • housework,
  • child rearing,
  • yard work and maintenance,
  • cooking, or
  • cleaning.

The list of activities that an injured spouse can no longer perform can be very long and the economic value of these services can be significant.

For example, a case where a happily married father and husband is severely injured in a New Jersey car accident may result in the husband being unable to take part in raising his children, taking them to school, preparing them for events, and sharing their lives.  He may be unable to have intimate relations with his wife and provide love and support to her when she needs it.  He may even be unable to perform even the most basic housework, or provide any physical support and assistance.  A wife in that situation will have suffered a tremendous emotional and physical loss, and her life would be changed and become much more difficult and lonely, due to the actions of another person.  In New Jersey, a wife in that situation can take action against the person that caused the car accident which hurt her spouse and receive financial support and recovery in a loss of consortium claim.

Careful investigation and interviews of the couple and other family members, sometimes about personal issues, are often necessary to establish, and ultimately prove, the types of services and assistance the injured husband or wife once provided to their spouse.

It takes a seasoned and experienced New Jersey car accident attorney to evaluate your car accident case and determine whether it is appropriate to bring a loss of consortium claim.

Related NJ Car Accident Law Articles:

Help After a New Jersey Car Accident.  Free Consultations. 800.281.8695

Philip Ciprietti has been helping injured victims for over 35 years and has helped many car, bus and truck accident victims in NJ. If you were injured in a car, truck or bus accident on the NJ Turnpike, AC Expressway or other New Jersey highways, feel free to contact Phil T. Ciprietti, Esquire for a free initial consultation. 800.281.8695

*Disclaimer: Every case is unique and you should not take any action or make decisions in your case without speaking to a qualified car and truck accident lawyer in New Jersey. This website page does not provide legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Use of the contact form on this website or emailing Mr. Ciprietti does not create any attorney-client relationship. In addition, confidential information should not be sent through the contact form.

Car Accident Law Articles

New Jersey Car Accidents & Verbal Threshold – Can Injured Car Accident Victims Recover Damages? (Part 2)

Car and truck accident victims, who are subject to verbal threshold, may not know that they may still bring lawsuits against negligent drivers so long as their injuries fall under one of the injury categories pursuant to New Jersey's Automobile Insurance Cost...

NJ Car Accident Law – Determining Source of Financial Recovery in a Multi-Vehicle Accident for Injured Auto Victims (Part 1)

Victims of NJ motor vehicle accidents are often overwhelmed. They have to deal with their injuries, at-fault drivers and insurance companies. When accidents involve multiple vehicles, victims of car or truck accidents are even more confused because they have deal with...

New Jersey Car Accidents & Verbal Threshold – Can Injured Car Accident Victims Recover Damages? (Part 3)

NJ car and truck accident victims may sue drivers at fault even if they have verbal threshold on their car insurance policies, as long as their injuries fall under an injury category provided in New Jersey's Automobile Insurance Cost Reduction Act (AICRA), N.J.S.A....

NJ Residents Injured in Out of State Accidents – Does Verbal Threshold Apply?

NJ Residents Injured in Out of State Accidents Under New Jersey auto injury law, residents of this state who are injured in auto accidents that occur out of state may obtain financial compensation for their injuries and losses. The key issue is the status of the...

Injured in a NJ Car Accident? – The Basics of Medical Benefit (PIP) Claims

Getting medical bills paid after a car accident in New Jersey can seem like a nightmare. Arguably, New Jersey car accident medical bill law, or what is known as PIP (personal injury protection), is one of the most complex in the country. The following are five aspects...

FREE CONSULTATIONS

    Spam:  

    *No attorney-client relationship is created by use of this email form. Do not email confidential or time-sensitive information. Call the firm for immediate assistance.

    OUR OFFICE

    79 S. Maple Avenue
    Marlton, NJ 08053
    Phone: 856.983.8695
    Fax: 856.983.0015
    Toll Free: 800.281.8695

    Google Map/Directions