A judge found that a Penn State University fraternity was responsible for giving alcohol to 18-year-old freshman hours before he died from a fall down the stairs in September of 2009. According to the article on Philly.com, he had consumed alcohol at several places that night, including at the fraternity party. The fraternity was sentenced to 70 days of community service as well as pay a fine of $500.
A study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health found that alcohol-related deaths among college students in the United States rose from 1,440 in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005. An average of 35 college-aged people die from alcohol-related causes every week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people between the ages of 12 to 20 years drink about 11 percent of the total alcohol consumed in the U.S. Over 90 percent of the drinking is consumed in the form of binge drinks. In 2008, there were about 190,000 emergency rooms visits by people under the age of 21 for injuries and other conditions related to alcohol.
In this specific instance, the victim’s family could pursue a wrongful death claim against the fraternity. When an underage person dies or is seriously injured after consuming alcohol at organization events, such as those held by fraternities, those in charge of the event can be held liable.
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