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Thanksgiving Hosts Can Be Sued As COVID Superspreaders

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Law Permits Some Liability for Adults, But Far More For Children

WASHINGTON - eTradeWire -- While many jurisdictions are seeking to have hosts severely limit the size of traditional large-family gatherings for Thanksgiving, one argument which just might help persuade them is that they may be legally liable for damages, including for wrongful death, if a guest comes down with COVID as a result of attending, especially for infected guests under the age of 18, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf.

With so many issuing stern warnings on TV and in the media about the dangers of spreading COVID at large family gatherings, especially for Thanksgiving, it should be easy to persuade a jury that hosting such a gathering such a dangerous gathering constituted legal "negligence."

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So, in addition to the medical dangers of putting a large number of family members at risk by hosting a traditional large family Thanksgiving dinner, hosts may also want to consider their own potential legal liability for civil damages, suggests Banzhaf, who says he would not be surprised if such suits began to be brought before Christmas by families whose child died, suffered disabilities, or even simply contracted this deadly and disability disease at Thanksgiving.

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Source: Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
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