Can my father sue me for property damage to the family home?

Asked over 1 year ago - Philadelphia, PA

I am 22 years old and recently moved back in with my parents. My room is located on the third floor and he locked the bathroom on my floor forcing me to go down a one maybe two flights of steps to use the other bathrooms. One night I was feeling ill and didnt think I would make it down to the other bathroom so I tried to pry the door open on my floor so I could use it. As a result I damaged it. Now my parents are getting a divorce and me and my mom have left that residence and he wants to sue me for damage to the door. Can I claim contributory negligence? or anything else?

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  1. Christopher Edward Ezold

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    Answered . I am an attorney licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the States of Delaware and New Jersey. My practice includes employment, business and health care law. Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies.

    That being said, you might be able to use the affirmative defense of 'necessity.' I cannot imagine the damage is significant enough to sue over; certainly most judges would be overly annoyed at your father's behavior and claims. Still, it's better to avoid litigation; see if you can settle the matter.

    /Christopher E. Ezold/

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