Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Collecting the money for the damage caused is going to be rather difficult I’m afraid. Legal liability will rest with the child personally, not with their parent or carer. Also you must be able to show that the actions by the child were negligent, which for a 4 year old will be very difficult – after all children play around, are boisterous and will not have the same understanding of what is likely to cause damage and what is not.
So even if you can prove that the child’s actions were negligent you will have to pursue them personally, not their parents. I very much doubt that a 4 year old will have £1200 available to pay you for the damage they caused so pursuing them is likely to be pointless.
The other option is to try and argue that the parent was negligent in not controlling their child properly. However, if the child had not displayed any concerning behaviour on an ongoing basis and they just got ‘carried away’ at that particular moment it would be again quite difficult to place liability on the parent for not properly controlling their child.
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