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Holiday hosts can be held liable if their party gets out of hand

As we ring in the New Year people will be celebrating with friends and family. When the ball drops everyone will cheer and yell, "Happy New Year!" While most holiday parties start off great, some can get out of hand. A few guests drink one too many and will start arguing. The mix between alcohol and high tension can cause punches to get thrown. If a guest ends up in need of medical attention, the host will need to step up to the plate.

Due to a recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling, house party hosts must legally provide medical attention to injured guests. While this might seem obvious to most people, some hosts allow their parties to get out of hand and do not take the responsibility to care for injured guests.

A party turned tragic influenced this Indiana ruling

This court decision came after a tragic end to a birthday party in Indiana. In May of 2010 a woman hosted a house party at her residence. After the host went to bed, two members of the party got into a drunken brawl, sending one to the floor. The man remained unconscious on the floor, worrying guests. The owner of the house, Angela Martin, was woken up and told that her guest was unconscious.

Martin saw her wounded guest and ignored his need for medical attention, telling her then-boyfriend to make sure the unconscious man left the party. Later that night, when authorities came to her property, they found the man dead out on the front lawn. While Martin may not have directly injured the man, his death could have been prevented if she can called medical authorities. Since she neglected to help the man while the party was on her property, prosecutors state that she should be held liable.

Families of victims can hold hosts responsible for their negligence

The case was battled out in court and brought all the way up to Indiana's Supreme Court, coming to a final decision this past October. The decision means that social hosts can be held responsible for failing to provide medical attention which leads to a guest's death.

This ruling can give the man's family some relief in knowing that they may hold Martin responsible for her negligent behavior. This may also give assistance to future family members who can hold hosts liable when their parties get out of control.

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