Does North Carolina’s contributory negligence rule apply to children?

Answering this question requires knowing the age of your child and the details of your potential personal injury case. If he or she is younger than 8 years old, no court in North Carolina will consider your child legally responsible for causing an injuries.

Children between the ages of 8 and 15 years may be found liable for causing their own injuries in certain cases, but not in others. A court will look at all the circumstances and, when possible and appropriate, speak to the child before making the determination.

A finding of contributory negligence on behalf of an older child will invalidate insurance claims. Partnering with a North Carolina personal injury lawyer can help a family counter arguments from the defendant in an injury case that a child contributed to causing the accident.

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