Counter suit - question
I just received legal advice about my case I need a second opinion. I will write in general terms; I hope its specific enough to answer my question…
I am being sued for negligence in a Personal Injury suit. I believe I am 100% not liable for the claims stated in the suit. My attorney has advised, in my summons written response, I should counter sue the person that actually caused injury to the plaintiff. Is this standard practice? They are coming after me because I think the plaintiff believes I have the “deeper pockets”. The person that originally caused the plaintiff injury is an 18 yr old kid with no job.
In short, is this “deflection” tactic (for lack of a better term) common in civil litigation?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: Counter suit - question
It's not a "deflection" tactic. All parties potentially responsible should be named in the lawsuit. If you face exposure, wouldn't you want the responsible party to pay what he/she owes? More than likely, the 18-year old's parents have insurance that will provide coverage for the accident. Your attorney apparently was hired by an insurance carrier. They're there to defend you, not to prosecute a cross-complaint.