A homeowner in Lake Forest, Ohio, has settled a claim for $2.5 million that should get the attention of parents in all states. A lawsuit was brought by a young man who was paralyzed in a crash that occurred after an underage drinking party in the woman’s home. The woman’s teenage daughters hosted the party. The plaintiff who in 2006 was then a 19-year-old, went to the home with an 18-year-old friend. While visiting the daughters, they all drank beer in the girls’ bedroom. The 18 year old was intoxicated when he drove home and as a result lost control of his car. The plaintiff, a passenger, was seriously injured and was left paralyzed.
The homeowner in this case didn’t buy the alcohol for the teens or know they were drinking in her home. But the homeowner should have monitored the teens and suspected they were drinking, especially because the daughters had been caught drinking before. The woman’s homeowners insurance will pay the $2.5 million settlement. A lawsuit against the drunk driver was scheduled to start this month.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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