What to do about a self-defense fight and medical bills?

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What to do about a self-defense fight and medical bills?

I got into a fight about 2 weeks ago which happened to be self-defense. The kid I fought ended up having to go have surgery on 1 side of his face. As far as I know his medical insurance covers his expenses. I haven’t gotten any word except for his attorney who called and asked if I had renter’s insurance. What does renter’s insurance have to do with our fight? And what could possibly happen to me if I have no money if there are fees that I have to pay?

Asked on August 12, 2011 Ohio

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If this was truly self defense (think of police being called and not arresting you and the police report stating you were acting in self-defense), then you have nothing to give the counsel representing the other person and nothing to say. Do not call the person back and do not give that attorney the renter's insurance information or any other information on insurance coverage you have. It makes no difference if that person's insurance program covered that person's injuries, because if this was not self-defense (think if you were sued in civil court), he would be entitled to you sue for both medical injuries and emotional distress.


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