Filing a Personal Injury Claim Against an At-Fault Minor’s Parents

In California, determining whether you can sue an at-fault minor’s parents for a personal injury requires careful consideration of state laws and the specific circumstances of the incident. While the law may hold parents or guardians liable in certain situations, such as when a minor is driving their parent’s vehicle, every case is unique. A highly qualified personal injury attorney can review the details of your case and determine the best path forward for recovering the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses.

At Eric Ratinoff Law Corp., our attorneys have over 30 years of experience handling complex personal injury claims and pursuing justice for our clients. We are well versed in the intricacies of California’s personal injury laws, and ready to apply our expertise and skills to your case. When you choose our firm, you can trust us to handle every detail of your case as you focus on your healing and recovery.

Can I Sue An At-Fault Minor’s Parents for My Injuries?

While it is illegal to file a lawsuit against anyone under 18 in California, there are several situations where their parents or guardians may be held liable for the child’s actions. A few of these situations include the following:

Parental Neglect

If a parent’s failure to supervise their child properly contributed to your accident, you may be able to hold the parents accountable for your injuries. For instance, if a minor took their parent’s car keys and caused an accident, the parent may be at fault.

Driver Negligence

Negligence in car accident cases can be complex. If the minor was a licensed driver and behaved negligently, the parent may be held responsible for their actions. However, this is not always the case. Your attorney can evaluate your case to determine how you can be compensated for your injuries.

Willful Misconduct

If a minor harms someone intentionally, the parents may be legally responsible for any injuries and other damages their child causes.

The laws surrounding parental liability are complex, making having a trusted attorney in your corner essential.

Ways a Dedicated Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

Cases involving minors can be challenging to pursue without the help of a seasoned attorney. At Eric Ratinoff Law Corp., our attorneys are dedicated to helping personal injury accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. A few of the many ways we can help you include the following:

  • Meticulously investigating every detail of your accident
  • Collecting evidence and witness testimonies
  • Negotiating with all parties on your behalf
  • Organizing your medical bills and other expenses
  • Working with highly credible expert witnesses
  • Strategically formulating your case to maximize your results
  • Utilizing storyboards and videos to tell your story in a compelling way
  • Fighting aggressively for your rights and interests before and during litigation
  • Answering your legal questions and keeping you updated on the status of your case

When you retain one of our knowledgeable attorneys, we will work to understand the details of your case and tailor our approach to your unique concerns.

Speak With a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp.

If you were injured in an accident with a minor, contact the skilled attorneys at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. without delay. We are dedicated to helping our clients recover the compensation they deserve.  With a proven track record of success, our attorneys know how to frame your case the right way from day one. We are ready to help you pursue justice.

To learn more about how we can assist you, schedule a free consultation by calling (916) 970-9100 or completing our contact form today.