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As we head into the holiday season, many are preparing to host friendly gatherings and parties. Unfortunately, these parties may also lead to personal injuries that you could be liable for. If you are considering throwing a holiday party this year, there are several things you need to consider.
Update Your Insurance
Before you throw that huge holiday bash, cover your bases financially and contact your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance provider to make sure your policy covers you in the even you are found liable for any injuries that occur on your property during the party.
Put Up Your Pets
According to KHQA, animal bites are one of the most common claims filed against homeowner policies during the holidays. If you are planning a holiday party this year, plan to put your dogs and cats in a room away from where the action will be.
Avoid trip and fall injuries by carefully securing any cords or trailing decorations. You should also avoid open flames like candles, as guests may accidentally drag a scarf or sleeve near them and get burned. If you do choose to have them, be sure to keep them out of the way where they won’t get knocked over.
Serve Alcohol Responsibly
A cocktail can be fun, but have some other activities for guests as well. You should also be careful to avoid inadvertently serving alcohol to anyone under 21, as you may be held liable for them under Illinois social host laws.
Throwing a holiday party can be a fun experience for everyone if it’s done responsibly. If you are injured during a holiday party, however, it can be difficult to know whether anyone should be held liable for your injury. If you or someone you know has been injured at a holiday party, contact a qualified Illinois personal injury attorney today. They can help you determine who, if anyone, should be held responsible.