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The term “dram shop” was derived from 18th century taverns in England that sold gin by the spoonful, called a dram.
Dram Shop laws hold alcoholic beverage servers financially liable for harm that visibly intoxicated individuals cause to other people, themselves or property. The laws are established at the state level. They can apply not only to bars, liquor stores and restaurants, but also to social clubs and private events where liquor is served. The laws also include selling liquor without a license, selling liquor after hours and selling liquor to minors.
For example, if a person has several alcoholic drinks at a restaurant or bar and is visibly intoxicated, and then gets in a car and kills someone on the way home, the owner of the serving establishment can be sued for damages.
A dram shop case often is a component of a larger accident case such as DWI. The statute of limitations on the dram shop portion of the case differs from those that apply to the other claims made in the case. Our attorneys will ensure that these claims are filed promptly so that your rights are protected.
If you or someone you know has sustained injuries where alcohol was involved, we can assist you in evaluating your case. Click here to contact us for a free case evaluation.