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Who is At Fault: Parent or Child, for Injuries Caused By The Child to Another?

Who is At Fault: Parent or Child, for Injuries Caused By The Child to Another?
James Parrish of Parrish Law Firm, PLLC discusses who is at fault, parent or child, for injuries caused by the child to an other. This can take place in cases in Fairfax, Fauquier, or Prince William counties Virginia.

Hello everyone this is Jim Parrish with Parrish Law Firm, PLLC. I'm a child injury attorney in northern Virginia with offices in Manassas and Fairfax. A common question that I'm asked is "are parents responsible for the actions of their children, which result in injuries others?" The answer is surprisingly no. There is one caveat however. If the parent takes an active role in the behavior leading tot the injury of another child, then they can be responsible. For example if a parent knowingly gives they keys of an automobile to a child who has been drinking or is under the influence or under some sort of intoxicant such as alcohol, then that parent can be responsible under a theory known as negligent entrustment. Negligent entrustment claims are difficult to prosecute in Virginia, but it is a viable way of recovering if the parent takes an active role in the injury. I hope that information is helpful. Thank you.

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