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Social Host Liability and Personal Injury

Posted by James Cummings | May 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Many people are unaware that when accidents occur in the home or on private property that the homeowner can potentially be held responsible for any resulting injuries or damages. Often times these kinds of cases involve the consumption or distribution of alcohol. In other instances, unsafe conditions on the property led to an injury.

ALCOHOL RELATED INJURIES

Most people are familiar with the idea that an individual who has caused an accident as a result of driving drunk can face some fairly hefty consequences. What isn't so well-known is the fact that the person who supplied the driver with the alcohol can also be held responsible. This is the crux of social host liability. If a homeowner hosts a social gathering and allows guests to consume too much or get behind the wheel while drunk, they can be held responsible for accidents or injuries that person may be involved in.

PROPERTY LIABILITY

Homeowners can also be held responsible for injuries that occur on their property. For instance, if a guest were to injure themselves on loose stairs, you could be liable. Another example of a situation where you could be held liable is if your dog bites a guest in your home: you could be held responsible for medical bills, psychological treatments, among other things.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

It is always a good idea to take measures to protect yourself from a lawsuit. Make sure that your property is safe and secure to help prevent unnecessary injuries, and if you are hosting a get-together, keep a friendly eye on your guests. After all, you wouldn't want any of your friends or loved ones to be seriously hurt.

If you have the unpleasant experience of facing a lawsuit as a result of social host liability, you would benefit from having an attorney you can trust. But if you have suffered a personal injury as a result of someone else's negligence, having a lawyer at your side would be invaluable. Contact Cummings Law Firm today, we have nearly 25 years of experience serving the Waterbury area, and we can help.

About the Author

James Cummings

James lives in Southbury with his wife, Lynn, and their children, James, and Chloe. He enjoys skiing and fishing in his spare time, and is actively involved in local civil affairs in his hometown of Southbury and the greater Waterbury area.

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