My wife was injured on a bus two years ago during which time I suffered with her and took care of her. We are now separated and in four months her case goes to trial.
Am I entitled to part of the settlement? If so how do I get it? Do I put a lien on it, if so how? Thanks.
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ANSWER for "Bus Wreck Settlement...":
This is complicated and the answer is two-fold:
Basically, a personal injury settlement is the separate property of the injured party and there is no claim that you can make against her settlement.
Technically, a married person MAY have a claim for loss of consortium and that would be the claim of the actual spouse based upon the care that you provide the injured spouse as she is recovering. The value of those claims is extremely speculative and difficult to evaluate.
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