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ERVING ALCOHOL TO SOMEONE WHO APPEARS TO ALREADY BE QUITE INEBRIATED (VISIBLY IMPAIRED) CAN RESULT IN THEM GETTING IN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT. IF THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL CAN BE TRACED BACK TO A SPECIFIC ESTABLISHMENT, A CLIENT MAY BE ABLE TO SUE THEM FOR RELATED INJURIES IF THEY WERE OVER-SERVED.

Dram shop liability is a specialty of our Connecticut Law Firm. If you or a family member has been involved in an alcohol-related car accident where the driver may have been over-served, we can help. Connecticut state law holds those who sell alcohol liable for injuries if a person from their leniency causes injuries to others, so you don’t have to feel alone.

What Does Dram Shop Liability Mean?

The term “dram shop” originated in England in the 1700s as a reference to a measurement of alcohol served by gin shop owners. Gin was sold by the “dram,” or spoonful. Today, a dram shop serves much more than gin, but the name stuck, at least in legal terminology. The Dram Shop Act is in force to protect people who suffer an injury at the hand of someone who, essentially, was inebriated because of a lenient bartender. The Dram Shop Act applies to any establishment that serves alcohol, such as the following:

  • Social clubs
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Liquor stores
  • Private Events where alcohol is served, in some cases

What If You Want To Sue An Establishment Under The Dram Shop Act?

Expert legal assistance at the law offices of American Legal Services LLC is available to for legal advice and quality legal assistance in case of a dram shop lawsuit. The main purpose of this law in Connecticut is to encourage bar, restaurant, and social club owners to be careful about how much alcohol they serve to patrons who drive after leaving. This is because, ultimately, the Dram Shop Act was enacted to reduce drunk driving accidents. This type of lawsuit is under civil law, not criminal, which means that part of the lawsuit can include financial compensation for injuries.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver after he or she left an establishment that served alcohol, you may very well have sufficient proof of negligence to sue that establishment. Proof of negligence means that you are able to establish that the bar or restaurant overserved this patron so that they were visibly impaired. However, not all cases require proof of negligence. That is why having a reliable Dram Shop Liability lawyer is key for winning this type of case.

Keep in mind that for your dram shop lawsuit to be considered in court, you must file a claim within 120 days of injury or 180 days of death. Our services can help you file that claim, so if you need a dram shop attorney in CT, contact American Legal Services LLC today.