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Personal Injury Q & A: Personal Injury Liability of Children

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Question: Can a child be held liable for personal injuries that they negligently cause to others?

Answer: It depends. On March 24, 2016, the Utah Supreme Court ruled that children under the age of five (5) cannot be held accountable for their negligence. See Nielsen v. Bell, 2015 UT 14, 20131047. Above the age of five (5), whether or not a child can be held liable is determined on a case-by-case basis. See id.

At Head Law, we have many years of experience with personal injury cases. We understand the great impact on you and your family when another person injures you, and we will fight aggressively for your rights to ensure that you get full and fair compensation.