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Injured a friend

I was snow sledding last Christmas with
some friends. I purposely ran into one
of them and she suffered a concussion.
She is still having problems and said
she may have to quit her job to fully
recover. I’m worried shes going to sue
me. Could I possibly lose my house?
Would my health insurance cover
anything? It was on a city owned hill.
Not my house or her house.

Asked on October 31, 2018 under Personal Injury, Florida

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Since running into your friend was intentional, you could be sued for assault and battery.  Your friend could recover damages for her medical bills, pain and suffering (an amount in addition to the medical bills) and wage loss.  She could also seek punitive damages which are a substantial amount to punish your intentional wrongful act.  Your health insurance would be inapplicable.
She could sue you, obtain a judgment against you and enforce the judgment with a lien on your house. A lien on your house would have to be paid before you could sell the house.  She could seek a wage garnishment.


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