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Cedar Rapids Social Host Liability Lawyers
Though some cultures permit minors to consume alcoholic beverages, this is expressly prohibited by Iowa state law and legislation enacted in many other states as well. But underage drinking is an activity that appears virtually unstoppable, with beer, wine, and liquor having become something like a fixture college and even high school parties. In an attempt to limit this illicit drinking and to create a system of holding enabling adults accountable for the actions of an intoxicated minor, the state of Iowa has passed a so-called “social host liability” law.
If you or your loved one has been hurt by an intoxicated minor, you may be able to pursue a civil action against the adults who provided him or her with alcohol. Contact the Cedar Rapids social host liability lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., at (319) 294-4424 to discuss the facts of your case. Our experienced team of legal professionals can help you to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Iowa law limits social host liability solely to adults who directly give alcoholic beverages (or other controlled substances) to minors. Social hosts are not liable for the actions of adults who are served at a private in-home function because those adults are considered legally responsible for their own decisions and behaviors. When a minor’s intoxication as facilitated by a social host results in your injury, however, you may seek financial compensation for:
- Medical Treatments
- Diagnostic Tests
- Property Damage
- Automobile Repair
- Pain and Suffering
The decision to provide alcohol to a minor is inexcusable, and it is important that you communicate that through the pursuit of a civil action. Contact the Cedar Rapids social host liability lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., at (319) 294-4424 to learn more about your legal options.