Parents' Broad Duty to Protect Others' Children Affirmed by Virginia (VA) Supreme Court | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

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.

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