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Parents' Broad Duty to Protect Others' Children Affirmed by Virginia (VA) Supreme Court

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One of your daughter's friends is spending the night at your house. If the kids go out to the mall without you and your daughter's friend gets injured or killed in a car accident when returning to your place, can you be held responsible for allowing that injury to occur even though you were not driving or even in the car?

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Nov. 5, 2009, that, yes, a court or jury could determine that you bore some liability for the injury because you did not do enough to ensure the safety of your daughter's friend. My colleague Rick Shapiro provides more details about the High Court's opinion and what it means for adults such as babysitters, teachers and parents hosting other people's children in his latest post to the Norfolk Injuryboard.


About the Editors: Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law. Having handled numerous wrongful death cases and we understand the difficult circumstances which accompany these types of cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), and our lawyers hold licenses in NC, SC, WV, KY and DC. We are ready to talk to you by phone right now. We provide free initial confidential injury case consultations, so call us toll free at 1-800-752-0042. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube  Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as pro bono public information services.

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