PROTECT YOUR GUESTS OR BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
The time of year is approaching where events and parties become more frequent. If you are planning a gathering, it is important to understand the legal responsibilities of being a host in order to avoid unnecessary trouble. Here are some things to be aware of:
HOSTS ARE RESPONSIBLE
If a guest is injured at a party or event, a host is liable for any injuries resulting from a host’s negligence. With that being said, it is important to avoid any negligent conduct and ensure that guests safety is your number one priority.
A person injured during a party or event must show:
- THEY WERE ON THE PROPERTY LAWFULLY;
- THE HOST WAS NEGLIGENT BY FAILING TO CURE AN UNSAFE CONDITION THAT THEY KNEW OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF;AND
- THAT RESULTED IN AN INJURY.
It is important to inspect the space where the event is being hosted. Roping off an area or taking some other measure to remedy any present dangerous conditions is important. In addition:
- HAVE ADEQUATE LIGHTING;
- DO NOT HAVE OBSTRUCTED VIEWS;
- COVER ALL WIRES AND CABLES;
- ELIMINATE WRINKLED CARPETING;
- MAKE SURE ALL SURFACES ARE AS EVEN AS POSSIBLE;
- WARN GUESTS OF ANY SLIPPERY OR UNEVEN SURFACES; AND
- MAKE SURE ALL PROPERTY INSURANCE IS UP TO DATE.
These tips are essential to ensuring the safety of all guests and protecting yourself against premises liability claims.
In New Jersey, social host laws apply to party hosts and those who allow drinking in their home. All hosts have a duty to ensure that those at their event or in their home consume alcohol responsibly. This means that no underage guests consume alcohol. Furthermore, it is recommended that alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine be served in lieu of hard liquor to minimize the risk of drunken guests, which could result in liability for accidents. A host can be held liable for a minor that is under influence of alcohol causing an accident. Also, a host can be held liable for allowing a clearly intoxicated person to drive after an event.
In order to protect yourself from liability, ensure that the premise is safe and make sure that all guests drink responsibly.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a host’s negligence, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Richard P. Rinaldo, Esq are skilled personal injury lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today at 908-352-2500 to schedule a free initial consultation.