Spokane, WA asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Idaho

Q: I am caring for my mother in law with dementia. If she causes injury to another can I be held liable?

I am not a legal guardian, etc. just helping out. I've disabled her van to keep her from driving, but she says she is going to ride her wheelchair to town-multiple miles on a state highway. I am worried that if someone else is injured while she does something stupid like that, can I be held liable?

1 Lawyer Answer
Mark A. Siesel
Mark A. Siesel pro label Lawyers, want to be a Justia Connect Pro too? Learn more ›
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • White Plains, NY

A: Based upon the facts as you have presented them, I do not see a basis for direct liability, or for what is known as "vicarious liability", such as if you had a child, he used your car with your permission, and injured someone. Thus, I believe that there is no legal responsibility on your part under your fact pattern.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.