Survey of Washington Law: Tort Law: Parental Consortium

WASHINGTON EXPANDS A CHILD’S CAUSE OF ACTION FOR LOSS OF PARENTAL CONSORTIUM. Ueland v. Reynolds Metals Co., 103 Wn. 2d 131, 691 P.2d 190 (1984).

In Ueland v. Reynolds Metals Co., the Washington Supreme Court held that children have a separate cause of action for loss of parental consortium when a parent is tortiously injured by a third party. Under Ueland a child need not be a minor or a dependent of the injured parent to recover. However, the child’s separate consortium claim must be joined with the parent’s underlying claim unless the child can show why joinder is not feasible.

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Kent H. Bigler, Survey of Washington Law: Tort Law: Parental Consortium, 20 Gonz. L. Rev. 601 (1985).

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