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Is it My Fault His Laptop Broke?

Discussion in 'Accidents, Injuries, Negligence' started by JimmyLong98, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. JimmyLong98

    JimmyLong98 Law Topic Starter Guest

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    At school I came into the computer class room and I wasn't looking at the floor, because I didnt expect anything. And I tripped over a students laptop cord and the laptop went flying and broke. Am I liable for it?
     
  2. ElleMD

    ElleMD Well-Known Member

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    Possibly. You weren't paying attention to where you were walking and as a result, someone else's property was damaged. Whether or not you will be held liable is a different story.
     
  3. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Are you 18 years of age or younger than 18 years of age?

    If you are a minor, your parents MIGHT be responsible for the damages.
    Notice, I said MIGHT.
    That legal determination has yet to be made.

    If you are an adult, you alone MIGHT eventually bear legal responsibility for the damages.

    Absent a court battle, no one has been declared responsible legally.

    Moral responsibility, that's for YOU to decide.
     
  4. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    On the other hand, if the owner ran the cord across a walkway where it shouldn't have been, you might not have had a duty to look down as you walked through and, therefore, you might not be liable.

    At least you have a potential defense.
     
  5. Betty3

    Betty3 Super Moderator

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    Also; IF the cord was where it shouldn't have been, it might help you to note that you could have fallen/tripped over the cord & been injured. (sounds like you actually weren't though)
     
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