My 6th grader accidently broke his friends glasses. They are asking for the money they paid for them originally plus the cost of a new eye exam. They are on medicaid and medicaid is covering a new eye exam and new glasses so this is costing them nothing.
Potentially. Parents can be held financially accountable for the actions of their minor children. See https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/30.765
But, the actions had to be intentional or reckless. Plus, if Medicaid is covering it but they want to force the issue, Medicaid has a lien to recover what they paid, so you could always report that the settlement to Medicaid.
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Mr. Stephens' response is correct but my answer was going to be that you are probably not responsible because the statute requires your child to have acted intentionally or recklessly. Simple negligence or just an accident is not enough to establish liability of the parents for actions of their child.
If you get served with a summons and complaint immediately tender it to your insurance agent and if they do not retain counsel for you retain an attorney yourself.
If Medicaid is paying for a medical bill that someone else might be responsible for, then Medicaid has a lien and can ask to be paid from the person that owed the money. Tell the friend's parents that if they plan to submit the bill to Medicaid, that they need to give you that information and you will contact Medicaid and reimburse Medicaid. Tell them that otherwise you might have to pay the bill twice, to them and again to Medicaid. (You should also be careful and get a release of liability if you pay anything so you don't get hit up for more money. An attorney can assist you with this.)
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