It is the holiday party season! Many people gather during this time of the year to celebrate with family, friends, and co-workers. But what happens when someone is injured at a holiday party? Who is responsible for these injuries? If you are hosting a holiday party, it is important you are aware of any potentially dangerous situation and fix it before one of your guests gets hurt. Although South Florida has a comfortable year-round climate, there are still some risks to keep in mind during the holidays.
When alcohol is served at a holiday party and a guest gets involved in a DUI accident, the host is generally liable for damages incurred in the accident. This generally happens when the accident was caused by the intoxicated guest and if the host knew the person intoxicated had to drive back home. Florida laws, however, are more forgiving. Homeowners or bar owners who serve alcohol to an individual older than 21 are not liable for any injuries they may cause. But if the host serves alcohol to an individual who is underage, he or she may be liable for all the damages or injuries caused by the drunken guest.
Premises liability happens when someone gets injured while visiting someone else’s property. In other words, property owners should fix all unsafe property conditions and prevent someone gets hurt. The same rule applies to carpet defects, loose doors, drink spills, or any other unsafe conditions.
Property owners are also responsible if their dog bites a guest. However, if the suest was negligent, it may reduce liability. A party guest who acts irresponsibly around a dog is partial to blame for the injuries.
These are common types of accidents at holiday parties. People are at greater risk of a fall during this time of the year. The most common injuries are alcohol-related. But can a person make a claim if they were drunk at the holiday party? If the guest was on alcohol or other drugs when the accident occurred, chances are he or she will be more than 50% at fault. This is a very common scenario at nightclubs and other places hosting holiday parties.
Slip and fall accidents at very common at grocery stores. People are shopping during the holiday rush and may not be aware of their surroundings. It is important to stay alert at all times. Something as simple as a banana peel or wet floor can cause a fall. In such cases, your personal injury attorney will investigate your circumstances and determine who is liable for the accident.
While nobody expects to get injured at a holiday party, it can happen and you need to be prepared. If you have been injured in someone else’s property this holiday season, contact one of our talented personal injury attorney today and contact us to schedule your initial consultation. We wish everyone have a safe holiday season!