When minors are involved in wrongdoing that results in injury to another person, their parents may be held responsible, depending on the child’s age. The term “parental liability” refers to parents’ obligation to compensate those who have suffered damage caused by negligent, intentional, or criminal acts committed by their child. Parental liability usually applies when the child reaches eight to ten years of age; it does not end until the child reaches the age of majority. Most states currently have laws relating to parental liability in various applications. Minors can be held responsible for having committed a tort because being underage does not allow one to harm other people or their property. So-called youthful indiscretions may have consequences.
What are your rights and obligations as a parent when your child has caused someone an injury? How can you act in the best interests of your child in this situation? These are complex questions best addressed by an attorney who is compassionate yet tough enough to act in the best interests of you and your child. Call me to arrange a free consultation. I will review the details of your injury and advise you on the merits of your case. I only get paid if you win compensation for your injury. Put me in your corner and I will fight to get you the justice you deserve. Trusted and verified.
HINT: The age of “majority” is the age at which a minor, in the eyes of state law, becomes an adult. This age is 18 in most states.