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Can there be gross negligence without an injury? My brother

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Can there be gross negligence without an injury? My brother went water skiing with his kids and friends in the lake. On his way back home, it had gotten late but he continued to pull his young son. Then he hit an unlit channel marker.
Now they want to charge him with gross negligence. But there was no injury.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  LawTalk replied 1 year ago.

Good evening,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Unfortunately, harm is not required to be proved in order to get a conviction for gross negligence. Gross negligence is generally defined as a conscious and voluntary disregard of the necessity to use reasonable care, which disregard is likely to cause foreseeable grave injury or harm to persons, property, or both.

So, while your brother was extremely lucky that your nephew was not seriously injured, he may still be charged with gross negligence.

Under the law he could also be child with child endangerment---a much more serious violation that could lead to his children being removed from his home.

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