If I had a car accident, why would my spouse be asked to sign a release from from the insurance company since he was not involved in the accident?

Asked on February 12, 2015 under Accident Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A release for what, is the question I have.  Did the case settle and is your attorney attempting to finalize the matter?  A release is signed by the party or parties to a lawsuit that states that in exchange for accepting the offered settlement money, the injured party will not pursue any other claims for damages arising out of the accident. If this is for a bodily injury claim states often allow a spouse to sue for loss of services or "consortium" which is a suit that only arises out of your bodily injury claim.  So if that is the case then it might be fine for him to sign since he would have no cause of action to sue on those grounds alone.  But I would ask your attorney for a complete explanation in writing before he signs anything. Good luck.


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