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Rhode Island Settlement Reflects Homeowner Liability for Serving Alcohol to Those Under 21, Says Providence Lawyer Mark Gemma
Date:2/12/2010

Mediation handled by Gemma, a personal injury attorney, results in payment to an underage passenger hurt in a vehicle crash after he left a party.

Providence, RI (PRWEB) February 12, 2010 -- A recent mediated settlement handled by Providence lawyer Mark Gemma underscores the liability homeowners face when they allow underage drinking in their homes.

Details of the agreement were sealed, but Gemma, a Providence personal injury attorney representing a claimant in the case, said the mediation revolved around the service of alcohol to two male youths at a house party. The host’s parents were home at the time and allegedly approved the underage drinking.

According to facts introduced during the mediation, after leaving the party, the youths were involved in a single-vehicle accident. The driver was intoxicated and his passenger, a 15-year-old, suffered injuries, including a femur fracture that required surgery and the installation of hardware to repair.

Gemma, who represented the passenger, brought auto insurance claims that were settled for the policy limit. The largest portion of the settlement came from the homeowner's policy where the party took place. The homeowners faced liability despite their contention that the injured youth had not been invited to the party and therefore was not their responsibility.

“Parents who host parties for teens need to know that they face serious liability should they allow underage drinking. The law is clear and the price of ignoring it can be high,” Gemma said.

In addition to civil liability, adults in Rhode Island can face cri
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