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Dram Shop Liability

Dram Shop Liability

Has An Intoxicated Person Injured You?

Under New York’s Dram Shop laws, a bar, restaurant, or private host who serves alcohol to a visibly intoxicated guest may be responsible for injuries the intoxicated person inflicts upon another.  In addition to your civil claims for money damages against the drunk person, an equally strong case may be made against the drinking establishment or host that continued to serve the guest and increased his or her blood alcohol levels. 

Our experience in prosecuting personal injury cases under New York’s Dram Shop laws has shown that filing a lawsuit against a bar, restaurant, or homeowner often brings to the table enough insurance to compensate fully our grievously injured clients.   Common fact patterns which suggest that a commercial drinking venue or private host is legally at fault for an intoxicated person’s negligent conduct include:

  • Servers who fail to stop serving drunk customers
  • Bar/Restaurant patrons who assault other customers in the venue
  • Bar/Restaurant patrons who drive unsuspecting friends home and cause a car accident
  • Party hosts who permit drunk guests to drive home (rather than confiscate the keys)
  • Private hosts who permit intoxicated guests to operate heavy machinery or projectiles on the host’s property
  • Intoxicated guests who injure other guests on the host’s property (e.g., in swimming pools or other recreational activities).

If an intoxicated person has injured you, you will want an attorney who knows the means and methods to finding out whether a negligent alcohol server or homeowner may legally be at fault for your injuries under the Dram Shop laws.

Let us put our experience and know-how in Dram Shop lawsuits to work for you.  Let yourself focus on healing and getting your life back on track.  Call us right away!