Who doesn’t love a great holiday party full of food, drinks, conversation, games, and occasionally, gifts? Even though good cheer and high spirits will be plentiful, there are precautions you should take as the host to limit problems that may arise.
Failure to think about and prepare for potential liability issues can be the Grinch that steals your merry occasion. If you want to avoid unexpected legal liability during your holiday party, here are some factors to consider.
Social Host Liability
Being a responsible host during a party is just as important as ensuring your guests get home safely after the party. Social host liability states that a host who serves drinks can be held liable for actions that occur if alcohol is served contrary to the law.
For instance, if you give alcohol to a minor who is later involved in an accident and injures himself or someone else after leaving the party, you could be liable in Alabama. In that instance, alcohol was made available to the minor contrary to the law.
On the other hand, if alcohol is provided to an adult of legal drinking age and that adult injures themselves from a fall off the porch or deck due to intoxication, they cannot seek compensation.
Still, there are instances in which partygoers can seek and possibly be awarded compensation for an injury at your holiday party or gathering.
Premises liability holds the landowner responsible for injuries suffered by anyone on the premises. To avoid responsibility for injuries sustained during your party, you must warn guests of hazards on the property.
Examples of common hazards are broken deck rails, trip hazards, wet floors, and broken steps. As the property owner, you must identify potential risks, repair them, or give appropriate warning by posting signs and ensuring guests have proper information regarding those risks.
A safe and entertaining holiday party is possible if you follow the tips shared above. We want you to enjoy your holidays.
Eat, drink, and be merry, but don’t forget to adhere to the law and practice good judgment to ensure you are not held liable for accidents that could have been avoided.