I am trying to recover loss of time and expenses that occurred when my partner was hit by a car and was left unable to get around.
Is there a legal path to recovering my loss from the insurance coverage rather than harass my friend?
If the loss in terms of time and income I derive from time worked vs off, is a significant portion of my livelihood, so I would like to make sure I have good advice as to what type of path to take to start to look for the right attorney.
Your use of the term "partner" isn't clear. Are you saying business associate or domestic partner?
Generally speaking the victim of the accident has a claim for bodily injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, wage loss and this can include supportive care with caretakers, drivers, etc. If you are rendering services for the victim then you have a claim agains the victim for payment. That's the same as a treating healthcare provider. You have no direct claim against the person or business who caused the injury.
If you are a domestic partner then you might have a claim for loss of consortium. That's for harm to the marital relationship caused by a serious injury to one of the spouses. That would go beyond just care taking. That's more in the nature of the loss of or a significant change in the relationship with a life partner.
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You will not have a claim to make against either the insurance carrier or the at fault person. Unfortunately, your only claim would be for services rendered to your partner, the victim. Your partner would be able to try and make a claim for the services rendered; however, they may get denied by the insurance carrier unless you are a licensed health care worker, etc. If you make a demand for payment from your partner, I recommend that your partner hires an attorney to evaluate what types of services are likely to obtain coverage by the insurance carrier.
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