Tucson, AZ asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Arizona

Q: My mom wants 20k because I "ruined her life" by existing and injured her 7 years ago (conflict resolved). Am I liable?

I am currently in the process of moving out (getting kicked out, choosing not to go through eviction) and my mother is demanding 20k. I am 24, COVID hit hard. Mom has cited that it's because I injured her when I was 17/18. I had hit her with an ipad during a time when I was mentally unstable and trying to ask for help - the response was her rolling her eyes and I snapped. I was kicked out soon after that on grounds of being lazy (turns out I had hypothyroidism), lived apart for a year and a half, and then was asked to come home. I have since gone to therapy and gotten help, talked with my mother, and had thought we had reconciled. She is kicking me out again and is blaming me for being a parasite. She has BPD and often says very awful things when triggered, but this is the first time she is acting on them. She is blaming me for a broken tooth on a side of her face that I don't remember hitting her. She was injured in a car accident several years before I was born, though. Am I liable?

1 Lawyer Answer
Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: There's a two-year statute of limitations for her to bring a lawsuit over you hitting her with an iPad. Since she didn't file within those two years, she is past the deadline. If she file, you should file a Motion to Dismiss.

As for all other issues you raise, the two of you probably either need to be apart or go through some family counseling.

Best of luck to you.

Mike Branum agrees with this answer

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