From a legal standpoint, adults are assumed to have the experience and capacity to understand how much harm can come from their actions if they act in negligent ways. The question is often asked of us: What if the person who acted negligently is a minor? They are often unsure if they have the right to file a claim or lawsuit in this situation, and who can be held responsible.
Keep reading to find out then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been injured by the negligence of someone else and need a free legal consultation.
Minors Can Be Held Accountable but Only in Specific Situations
In the state of California, a minor can be held accountable for an injury they cause, but only in certain cases. In these cases you would not sue the minor directly but would file a lawsuit or claim against their parent or guardian. Some of the situations in which a minor can be held accountable include:
- Intentional misconduct. If willfully harms you, then their parent may be responsible for medical, dental, and hospital costs.
- Firearm injuries. If a parent allows a minor to have a firearm, or makes one accessible to them, then the parent can be held liable for any injuries caused by said firearm. In the case of a wrongful death or injury of one person, recovery is capped at $30,000 and in the event of more injuries or deaths, the recovery is capped at $60,000 for all.
- Driving injuries. If you are involved in a car accident with a minor and the accident was caused by their negligence (such as texting while driving) then the parent who signed their application for a driver’s license can be held accountable.
- Petty theft. If you had goods stolen from you by a minor, and you are a library, school, or merchant, then their guardian can be held responsible for repaying up to $500.
- Property damage. If a minor damages property with graffiti or otherwise defaces it, their parent or guardian can be held liable. Claims can be brought for up to $10,000 in these cases.
This is not an exhaustive list of situations in which a minor can be held accountable but it does cover some of the most common situations.
Have You Been Injured by a Minor’s Negligence?
If you have been injured in one of the above describe situations, or another situation involving a minor, then you need to know your rights. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 right away to find out what your legal options are. We are happy to provide a free legal consultation.