Adult Loss of Consortium becomes Law in Rhode Island

Age is no longer a barrier for those seeking loss of consortium in Wrongful Death lawsuits in Rhode Island.

The General Assembly recently passed HB-7759 and SB-2469 and both bills became law on June 25, 2010 after Gov. Don Carcieri did not veto the legislation.  The legislation removes the age 18 cut-off for loss of consortium/society and companionship claims in wrongful death cases.

The amendment essentially removes the “unemancipated minor” language from all sections of RIGL 10-7-1.2, meaning that parents of adult children killed by a negligent act, as well as adult children of parents killed by a negligent act, will now have a claim for loss of society and companionship.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Edwin Pacheco in the House and Sen. Michael McCaffrey in the Senate.


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