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My 10 year-old daughter missed the school bus and, as my wife was watching her by the window, an udentified car pulled over, openned the door and said "get in". My ten year-old got in! My wife almost died when she saw that. We went out running trying to stop the car or see the plates but we could not. We jumped into our cars and drove like crazy to stop the car but we could not find it. We were devastated...We went to the school and there she was: The udentified man had taken her to the next school bus stop but we did not know and, by looking at the facts and assuming the worst, we suffered a lot. My wife has been in a nervous crises since then and the police has identified the man who is a neighbor. We feel this just was not right and he affected our health. What can we do?
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Lawyer: AttorneyTom, Attorney replied 8 years ago
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Please clarify:
An unidentified driver delivered your child to the school bus because your child missed the bus.
The driver didn't harm your child in any way.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

 

Apparently, the 71 y man did not harm her in any way. He might have wanted to be a good neighbor but How could we know? In any case, I do not think it is proper to invite, in any case, a child into a car without parent's knowled or permission. Is it?

 

In other words, since we just could not know the identity and intentions of the driver, we really thought she was being abducted. As a result we consider that this person caused a lot of suffering and damage to our overall health. Do we have any legal resources in this case?

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You may wish to have your attorney evaluate the extent and reasonableness of your damages. If you can show that the person's chivalrous conduct was negligent and actually (and reasonably) resulted in some damages, you may have a basis to recover. Of course, it may be difficult for a court to award a plaintiff damages when the defendant was helping the plaintiff. Providing someone a ride as a favor is typically something that is appreciated, rather than something that should expose a person to liability.

While I understand the thoughts you may have had at the time, it's important to understand that the law typically isn't geared toward punishing people for doing nice things for others. Of course, if you can show negligence and reasonable, foreseeable damages, you may have a basis to recover the value of those damages.

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