Clinical Question: Child Client/Patient Trashed Your Waiting Room – Who Pays?

A colleague asked a very interesting and, I think, challenging question (based on a real world situation): he specializes in treating children with neurologically-based disorders.  He was talking to parents in the office and their child was in the waiting room, something triggered the child and the child damaged the waiting room.  The damage was considerable- several hundred dollars, possible up to $1000.  The question I was asked is, “who is responsible for the damage?” Wow – what a question!  I don’t recall discussing this sort of problem in graduate school and fortunately have never had it happen in my