With Christmas and New Years just around the corner, many people are starting to plan holiday parties. With that in mind, it's appropriate to think about the risks tied to a party, particularly when alcohol is served. What's the potential liability if someone attends your work party, or a party in your home, and then causes an injury in a drunk driving accident?
If you've been injured, chances are high that any lawsuit you file for damages will be based on a legal theory of negligence-that the person who caused the injury did not act as a reasonable person would, and thereby caused you actual losses. But there are situations where you don't have to show negligence. In these instances, the concept of strict, or absolute, liability may apply.
The biggest New Jersey social host liability case was settled at the end of 2011 and made national news, especially among attorneys, small business owners and parents.