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Harun Fountain, a minor, was shot in the back of the head at point blank range by a playmate. Fountain required extensive lifesaving medical services from a variety of medical service providers, including Yale Diagnostic Radiology. The expense of the services rendered by Yale to Fountain totaled $ 17,694. Yale billed Vernetta Turner Tucker (Tucker), Fountain’s mother, for the services. Tucker, however, declared bankruptcy and had Yale’s claim against her discharged in bankruptcy. Tucker, on behalf of Fountain, sued the boy who shot Fountain and recovered damages in a settlement agreement. These funds were placed in an estate on Fountain’s behalf under the supervision of the probate court.
Yale filed a motion with the probate court for payment of the $ 17,694 from the estate. The probate court denied the motion. Yale appealed to the trial court, which held in favor of Yale. The trial court held that minors were liable for their necessaries. Fountain’s estate appealed. Is Fountain’s estate liable to Yale under the doctrine of necessaries? Yale Diagnostic Radiology v. Estate of Fountain, 267 Conn. 351, 838 A. 2d 179, 2004 Conn. Lexis 7 (Supreme Court of Connecticut, 2004)


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