Children can often be reckless and usually don’t think of the consequences of their actions. However, they can still be held responsible, even though it is likely that their parents will be the ones to cough up money for damages.
Liability of a Child
Children over four years of age can be held liable for their actions in a court of law. In some states children between the ages of 4 and 14, are presumed that children are incapable of negligence. In Kansas, if evidence supports that a “reasonable child,” would have recognized the potential dangers of the situation the child can be sued. Kansas also provides that the parent can be sued for the negligent acts of the child under some circumstances. Adult standards also apply to children when in an adult situation, such as riding a jet ski or driving a car.
Should I Hire an Attorney for my Child?
Depending on the state, state laws may hold parents vicariously liable for the acts of their child. Children cannot represent themselves in court, so parents must hire a lawyer.
Could the Rest of My Family be Sued?
Injured parties can sue not only the child, but the parents as well in order to recover damages. Negligent supervision could hold parents accountable for their child’s misbehavior. Being found guilty would hold the child and parents responsible for compensating the injured party.
It is important for not only your children’s future, but also for the well being of the whole family to explain the consequences of breaking the law to your children.
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