What is my son’s liability regarding an injury that he was blamed for?

My son saw a portable basketball hoop by the road side of a house. He thought it was garbage, so he picked it up and put it in his truck. He had to take it apart to get it in. Just then a woman came out of the house and said that it wasn’t part of the garbage. So my son put it back together. Apparently, later the dad at the house was moving the basketball hoop and it fell on he and his son. The son broke his wrist. They are now blaming my son for not putting it back together properly. My son is certain that he did.

Asked on July 9, 2017 under Personal Injury, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If your son was at fault, then he liable, or financially responsible for the injury and its consequences, including any medical bills, and if he does not pay voluntarily, they could sue him for the money. Based on what you write, he is most likely at fault: he was the last one to reassemble it; reassembled it shortly before it broke apart and injured someone; and had no right to take it apart in the first place. All those facts would support a court in finding him at fault.


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