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Madison Social Host Liability Attorneys

Social host liability laws in Wisconsin prevent injuries and damages caused by underage drinkers. Unlike other states, Wisconsin’s social host liability laws only affect those injured by drivers younger than 21. The law permits otherwise underage drinkers to consume alcohol legally so long as they are accompanied by their parents or by a legal guardian. As such, hosts must be careful about their guests’ alcohol consumption.

To learn more about your rights on the road, contact the Madison social host liability attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874. Let our experience and legal knowledge help you better understand your options.

Complications with the Law

As with most laws, there are some details of social host liability laws that may not be readily understood. The law recognizes that a party may be hosted by a minor, but supervised by adults to a point at which it would be legal for everyone to enjoy an alcoholic drink. However, even though the host is not in the age of majority, they may still be held responsible for damages or injuries. The following are some other complications with the law:

  • Hosts cannot usually be compensated for their own guests’ damages
  • The injury-causing guest cannot sue for liability unless the alcohol was illegally obtained
  • Without parental accompaniment, host liability cannot be pursued

Social hosts have a responsibility to their guests and the community to stop underage drinkers from consuming alcohol to the point of intoxication.

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If you have been injured because of the reckless driving of an underage drinker, there may be legal options you have not yet considered. In the state of Wisconsin, hosts and bartenders alike have a responsibility to keep anyone below the age of 21 from reaching the point of intoxication. For additional information and legal assistance, contact the social host liability lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874.

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