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What is Social Host Liability in Wisconsin and how does it differ from dram shop liability?

In Wisconsin, social host liability and dram shop liability apply only when an intoxicated minor causes injury or death in a Wisconsin car accident. In the event that a person under 21 causes an OWI (operating while intoxicated) death or injury, the person or establishment who provided the alcohol may be held liable for damages related to the accident.

A social host refers to an adult who knowingly and willingly provides an underage person with alcohol at his home or property. A social host may be a parent who allows teens to drink in her home, an adult who provides alcohol for a teen party, or even an older sibling who allows his brother to use his ID to purchase beer. Under Wisconsin social host liability law, the adult who provided the alcohol can be sued for negligence.

Wisconsin dram shop law is similar to social host liability; however, instead of applying to individuals, dram shop law applies to bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other businesses that illegally provide alcohol to minors.

When a teen causes a Wisconsin OWI accident, it is important to know how the driver obtained the alcohol. The person or establishment that provided the drink shares liability for the crash.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by an intoxicated minor in Wisconsin, you deserve justice.  Our Wisconsin wrongful death attorneys will work hard to make sure that those who responsible for your loss are held accountable. To learn more, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham