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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.
Our legal practice specializes in all types of personal injuries, including car and motorcycle accidents, slip-and-falls, injuries from defective products, and medical and nursing home malpractice. If you are looking for the services of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, look no further. Call the office of MORTON J. SHUMAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, at 508-879-4040 to set up an appointment. We are located at 855 Worcester Rd. (Rt. 9). Our attorneys will look at the details of your matter and proceed as necessary to achieve the most favorable outcome for you. We Get Results!
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.