If Person A wronged Person B and caused damage, but Person A has no money, can Person B sue Person A's family members if the family members are rich? (But the family members had nothing to do with the wrong Person A committed.)
They would have no responsibility for the damages their family member caused. but if you get a judgment against the negligent family member they may help to try to pay iot
You cannot successfully sue them. If you did, they would be able to immediately have the case dismissed for failure to state a cause of action.
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Based on the information in your post, NO. However, consult with a personal injury lawyer to discuss everything. There could be some responsibility you are unaware of.
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Generally, the answer is no. There are some very limited circumstances where one person is responsible for another. Consult with a local attorney.
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You sue person A, and if successful after the lengthy legal process, you will have a money judgment. Perhaps, by that time, Person A inherited money from one of the rich family members.
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No. The only reasons to hold one person responsible for the tortious acts of another are if Person A is an employee of person B and the damage was done in the course of the employment, or if there was a permissive use of a motor vehicle, or if there was an arrangement by which Person B agreed to be responsible for the acts of Person A or a statutory provision such as the Labor Law or the Dram Shop Act. Under the scenario you present, there is no basis in logic or law to apply such liability
No. Why would they be responsible soley because they have money?
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Generally no you can not sue a person who is related to the wrongdoer just because they are related and have money. If for some reason they had some responsibility for the behavior of the wrongdoer that might make a difference, however people are generally responsible only for their own behavior.
Generally no. If the family had no involvement, they are not liable. You can sue the wrongdoer and hope that the family will help pay any judgment that you might receive. Good Luck.
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I can think of at least one example where it would be possible. See: General Obiligation Law 3-112 at:
I suggest you directly consult with a civil litigation attorney without delay to discuss the specific facts and circumstances of your particular matter.
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You have to sue the person who caused the harm. Family members are generally not responsible for the behavior of other family members and you can not sue them just because they can afford to pay a judgment and the person who harmed you can not.
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