My Child is 20, got into a fight and broke someone's jaw and they also required stitches.

Asked almost 2 years ago - Brockport, NY

Are we, as parents responsible for damages in a civil suit or is he? We live in Western NY.

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  1. Gregory Scott Gennarelli


    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . Its not always so black and white. In general, I agree that your son, and not you as the parents of a 20 year old, would be responsible for any injuries resulting from a fight. However, under some circumstances, you could be held responsible for damages. For example, if the incident took place at your home, i can think of some circumstances where you could also be held responsible. It is very fact specific and you haven't provided enough information.

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  2. Rafael Omar Gomez

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    Answered . Not typically. If the fight occurred on your property or at event you were hosting there may be some potential liability dependent on the facts of the case. If your son's permanent residence if your home then he should be considered a resident insured and covered by your homeowner's insurance policy. So if he happen to get sued for personal injuries, depending on the nature of the claim, he may be covered. If he is used for an intentional act there will be no insurance coverage and he will have to pay for a lawyer to defend him.

  3. Christian K. Lassen II


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . No,. A 20-year-old is no longer a child, but an adult.

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  4. Michael J Palumbo


    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . No

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