My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: MASSACHUSETTS
Here are the facts - sunny day - i arrive at hospital parking lot early for my 0900 clinic, around 0830 - outdoors, flat, lots of spaces - i park several spots away from other cars - because it's early and beautifully sunny - i open the driver's side door to the first click - not fully open - turn ignition off - sitting in the driver's seat, on my phone reading emails and the news for several minutes - other driver pulls into the space to my left (i'm parked head in) and right bumper/light hits the edge of my open door - she is extremely apologetic - offers to pay cash and then we agree that she will contact her insurance company to get a proper claim # - my car door could not close so needed towing to body shop - she later says "After my vehicle was appraised, they indicated that per their assessment, which included assessment of damage to both cars, I was not found at fault. Sorry to tell you this." Her insurance company has not seen my car. Perhaps they saw pictures that she'd taken. Body shop guesstimates before full appraisal that cost to repair will be $2-3K.
The only issue with determining fault that I can see is if she (inaccurately) claims that my car door was openING when she pulled in. Then it's her word against mine. Or alternatively, am i at fault (if only partly) for leaving my door ajar in a parked car (on a sunny day in a flat lot with lots of spaces)?
Final ethical dilemma. She is a colleague at work. Should I mention this to superiors? Realizing that BOTH SHE AND I KNOW that the car and the door were stationary when she hit it. I see this as a lack of professionalism. We are both health care workers.