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Neighbor’s Daughter Injured In My Yard…

Submitted By: Santiago (Orlando, Florida)

My neighbor’s daughter got a cut and bled while playing with my daughter in my yard. The neighbor has expenses from the hospital. My wife was busy so she sent my son to carry the injured girl to her parent’s house.

Can the neighbor sue me for the expenses, etc?

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Answer

Dear Santiago,

Hopefully a lawsuit won’t be necessary. Your neighbor does seem to have a legitimate claim for compensation for the injuries her daughter sustained while on your property. The best thing to do is contact your neighbor and offer her the name of your homeowner’s insurance company together with their name, address and telephone number.

That’s what homeowners insurance is for. Once you give the information to your neighbor you will have done exactly as you are supposed to do under those circumstances.

Once your neighbor files a claim you should soon thereafter receive a telephone call from your insurance company’s Claims Adjuster. She will take your telephonic recorded statement and will then take the same from your neighbor.

The adjuster will examine the facts and the medical bills and will most probably pay a fair settlement amount. There is little you can do other than to cooperate. Once the insurance company takes over they will be making all the decisions about whether to settle, and if so, for what amount.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: November 3, 2011

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