An altercation at a bar occurred, i threw my drink and as i did that it accidentally hit someone, she had 2 staples in her head. She filed police report, incident report with bar and also is demanded i pay her bill since the drink i threw accidentally hit her. She wants it in writing. What should i do?
if you have homeowner's insurance, you should immediately notify your carrier of the incident. it should provide coverage since the injury was an accident although the throwing of the glass was intentional. in the event, she decides that paying her bills is not enough, you will need the coverage. also contact a lawyer and let him/her have the communications with the victim. if she is willing to settle for the bills you will need a proper release.
She will almost certainly file a dram shop case against the bar. Part and parcel of this is a claim against you, the AIP or alleged intoxicated person. That is why the others are telling you, correctly, to report it to your homeowners' carrier.
If you are NOT covered by homeowner's insurance, and there are no criminal charges, you may want to discuss this with either a criminal or injury lawyer, so that if you do make a deal with her a proper release is executed. If you do get charged, definitely get a criminal attorney.
Do not talk about this except with your homeowner's carrier.
Fortunately, you didn't injure her worse. These scenarios can be quite awful from my experience.
Stephen L. Hoffman
Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC
In addition to contacting your homeowners insurance carrier and advising them of the incident, I would strongly recommend that you contact also a criminal law attorney and let the attorney know of this incident and that you will need him/her on call. The party that was hurt did file a police report.
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