Four-Year-Old Can be Sued for Injury, Judge Rules

Four-Year-Old Can be Sued for Injury, Judge RulesJustice Paul Wooten of the State Supreme Court of Manhattan has recently ruled that a 4-year-old can be named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit.

Judge Wooten ruled that a lawsuit brought against a two kids and their mothers can proceed because the children are old enough to be held accountable, according to the New York Times.

The lawsuit regards an incident when 4-year-old Juliet Breitman and another child were racing their bicycles down the streets of Manhattan. Though they were supervised by their parents, they ended up colliding with an elderly woman, allegedly causing the woman severe injuries that required surgery to address. The woman has since died of unrelated causes, and her estate has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the two children and their mothers, the news provider reports.

Breitman's lawyer has attempted to get the case against the child dismissed, but Wooten disagreed, noting that the child was almost five when the accident occurred. 

Wooten also said he found no evidence of Breitman's lack of intelligence, and could find nothing to "indicate that another child of similar age and capacity under the circumstances could not have reasonably appreciated the danger of riding a bicycle into an elderly woman," according to the news source.