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Dram Shop: Understanding Alcohol Liability Law

By: Anapol Weiss

Alcohol-related automobile accidents are all too common. Sadly, each year thousands of individuals are killed due to alcohol-related accidents.

Individuals injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated person may be able to file a liability claim, also known as a “dram shop claim,” against business establishments that served that person too much alcohol.

Pennsylvania law provides that establishments such as bars, taverns, restaurants and social clubs that served that alcohol to a visibly intoxicated individual may be held financially responsible for injuries and damages that person causes.

The law isn’t limited to just bars and restaurants – there are situations in which private people (social hosts) could be liable for alcohol served in their homes or at an event. In both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, social hosts may be held liable if they serve alcohol to minors who then injure others.

If you believe you have grounds for a dram shop liability claim, we can help. Our highly skilled attorneys have decades of success advocating for those who were harmed, and they can help you secure the compensation to which you may be entitled. This may include compensation for pain and suffering, financial loss, emotional distress and medical expenses.

If you or a loved one was injured as a result of an establishment serving an intoxicated person, they may be at fault. We will answer your questions and provide you the legal help you need.