Are we entitled to monetary compensation?

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Are we entitled to monetary compensation?

My son was shot in the eye with a BB gun in someone else’s home but by a third party that did not live there. We have dealt with both parties insurance companies, and the homeowner’s insurance has covered all of the medical bills. We are wondering if there is other compensation, and if so, how much, for the 2 weeks that I had to take off of work during his rehabilitation, for the extensive mileage to and from the specialist and for personal suffering?

Asked on February 26, 2016 under Personal Injury, Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The parent could seek compensation for lost wages for missing work to care for her child, for the cost of transportation to a doctor (e.g. gas, parking, bus, etc.); she cannot recover for "pain and suffering," but if there has been or will be long lasting, significant life impairment  or disability, her child may be entitled to a pain and suffering award. Note that this all presumes that either the person who shot your child was at fault (e.g. it was intentional or unreasonably careless (negligent)) or that the homeowner at whose house the shooting occurred was at fault, such as for leaving a BB gun around young children or not properly supervising children visiting her home; liability is based on fault, and you would seek compensation from the at-fault party(ies) (or in the case of a minor, his or her parents).


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