A little over a week ago I was at a party. I don't remember the end of the party, but apparently (confirmed by several friends) I injured the shoulder of a friend of a friend. He hasn't contacted me directly, but I've heard through our mutual friend that he needed surgery. I am of course more than willing to pay for part or all of his out of pocket expenses, but want to do it in a way that sets me up well for the future. ie some sort of waiver of liability and a lack of an admission of guilt.
I'd like advice on how to accomplish this and also how to proceed with communication with the injured party. Is there any reason to contact him before he contacts me, is email for any reason better than a phone conversation, etc
Thanks in advance
BillyJust for the record I am located in San Diego, California thank you all for your responses this far. They have given me a lot to think abouth in the past few days. I have been doing a fair amount of reading around the site and stumbled upon a case where the general concensus was that a bar could be held responsible for serving an intoxicated individual who was later involved in a fight where a bystander was injured. The injured party in my question was personally responsible for part of my intoxication (through offering marijuana after I was resonably intoxicated, but shortly before the incident). Would that make any difference in a civil injury suit?
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