Do I have to cover someone's medical bills if I accidentally caused an injury? 29 Answers as of December 07, 2011The guys hand was broke now we have to pay for the surgery and everything else. I offered that day to take him to get his hand x-rayed. He declined and then two days later took himself to the ER and found out it was broken then had to have surgery to put pins in it. I offered to help pay and have paid him $300 so far. Now his next bill he wants me to pay is $1030 and that doesn't included surgery bills yet. He said he will sue me if I don't pay all of his bills. When is enough enough?
Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
You can be held liable for causing another to become injured. It appears as though you admit to having injured the other guy; the question is whether or not you were negligent when you injured him. There are not enough facts mentioned for any lawyer to say one way or the other. We would need more facts to be able to really answer your question with any confidence. And to answer your question, enough is enough when a negligent person who is liable pays for all the damages.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
Touchstone Law Firm, LLC | Dmitry David Balannik
If his hand was broken while you played basketball (or any sport) together, probably not. If you broke his hand by driving over it in your car, probably yes. The answer very much depends on the circumstances, especially in Maryland. In Maryland, if a court finds that there is contributory negligence on the part of the victim, the victim is not entitled to recover.
Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
If you have insurance covering whatever caused this difficulty, notify the carrier and have this person contact the carrier. If you do not have coverage, see a PI attorney and bring whatever records you have.
Answer Applies to: California
Meyer & Kiss, LLC | Daniel Kiss
You should get a lawyer immediately so that you don't have to pay whatever this guy decides you owe. It sounds like you have an informal agreement to help him with some of the bills, but not all. An open-ended agreement like this is ripe for abuse by the other party. You may not be to blame as much as he thinks. Or you may not be liable for the injury at all. There's nothing to stop him from suing you anyway. Please talk to a lawyer before paying any more money to this person, no matter how much you wanted to help in the beginning.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Law Office of Joshua Pond | Joshua Pond
The key phrase you use is "accidentally." If, in fact, it was a pure accident that you injured his hand, then, no, you should not be liable for the damage done, but whether or not something is the product of negligence or pure accident is often tough to determine and left up to the court.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Gilbert & Bourke, LLP | Brian J. Bourke
You do not detail how you caused this injury, but if you have homeowner's insurance, you should call them to defend you since that type of insurance carries a general negligence coverage for negligent acts you commit that are not automobile related.
Answer Applies to: California
David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
If it is your fault, you are responsible for all of his medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Without knowing the extent of his injuries, I cannot say how much this is. Depending on how the injury happened, you may have insurance that would cover this (for example if it was an automobile accident). Also, you say it was your fault. Usually this means you were negligent. If you were not negligent or did not breach some legal duty owed to the other party, you would not be responsible at all.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
The Kelly Law Firm, P.C. | L. Todd Kelly
You should turn the claim over to your insurance company. That is why you have insurance. You said you caused the injury and the hand was pretty obviously broken in the accident. Ask yourself if the innocent victim should pay or if justice would require that the at-fault driver do so.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Bernard Huff, Attorney/Mediator | Bernard Huff
If you negligently caused someone else to be injured, at the least, you are liable for that person's medical expenses. However, the facts you stated are insufficient to determine negligence, but there is an admission by you that you caused the injury.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Joel H. Schwartz, P.C. | Steven A. Schwartz
The answer to this lies in the details. I would need to know how the accident happened and how you contributed to the injury. There would have to be negligence or wrongdoing on your part in order for you to be responsible in any way. An "accident" is not necessarily the same as negligence.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Robert Kelly
When you have been negligent and injured somebody else, you owe for all the damages you caused, including medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering, emotional distress & mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, etc., etc., etc. If you have insurance coverage, you should notify your insurance carrier immediately. You need a defense attorney.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
I am wondering why you think that you are responsible for his bills. Don't give him a dime. Let him sue you if he wants. The most he can get is $3,000.00 in small claims court. For more he'll have to hire an attorney who probably won't want to take the case if you don't have insurance. If you do have insurance, let them handle it. Tell this guy to take a hike! You can't afford to pay for surgery anyway. That'll be thousands of dollars.
Answer Applies to: New York
Law Offices of Michael Stephenson | Michael Stephenson
It depends on what you did. If you were negligent or reckless, the law will require you to pay for everything that is reasonably necessary to repair the damage you caused. However, if it was simply an accident in which no one was negligence, you may have a valid defense.
Answer Applies to: California