How to prevent your child from being malpractice sued: Read the law and be prepared.
The law does not provide a specific formula for calculating how much your child should be allowed to spend on legal defense, but it does provide that you are allowed to put up to $10,000 of your own money in an insurance pool if you choose.
If you do not have a lawyer, it may be easier to take out a loan, and you may not be able to go to court, but if you have the money, you can go to a mediator and talk to them about how much you want to spend, said Laura Kuebler, a spokeswoman for the National Center for Children in Poverty.
If your child is involved in a lawsuit and is under 18, it can be a different story.
If your child’s parents are in civil suits, it is a different thing.
You are still responsible for your child, but they can sue you for more money, said Michael L. Schwartz, a lawyer with Schwartz and Denniston Law Offices in Washington.
You could still be held liable, but the parents will have to pay the attorneys’ fees and other expenses.
If a parent is in a civil suit, there is a chance that the child could go to jail for up to a year for a violation of a minor’s rights, but Schwartz said that would be unlikely.
The judge could also order the parents to pay child support, which is normally considered a “precursor to child support.”
A child is more likely to get into trouble when they are in the care of an adult than when they go to live with an aunt or uncle, said Mark P. Lefkowitz, a child psychologist in the Department of Children and Family Services at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
It is possible that a child may be in the wrong place at the wrong time, said Lefksowitz, who is also the executive director of the Child Advocacy Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The amount of time children can spend in a foster home and on the streets is more than three years, and some children can stay there for much longer than that, said Kuebling, the spokeswoman.
You can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony if you are a caregiver, but most child welfare and child protection agencies have discretion in this area, she said.
You do not need to be in jail or be arrested.
But you should not assume that your child will never be in a place where he or she will be involved in criminal activity, Schwartz said.
And you should try to have a safe place for your children, but you should also be careful to take the proper steps to protect them.