What To Know About Dram Shop Liability

Dram shop liability is a legal theory that establishes that bars, taverns, liquor stores, and other businesses that sell alcoholic beverages can be held liable for damages caused by their patrons. The laws are aimed to prevent bars and taverns from selling alcohol to minors and to individuals who are visibly intoxicated.

At the Atlanta, Georgia law office of Mitchell & Shapiro, dram shop liability and drunk driving accident attorney Richard C. Mitchell has extensive experience handling complex auto accident claims. Our personal injury lawyers can help you obtain financial compensation from the at-fault driver if you have been injured or a loved one has suffered a wrongful death in a drunk driving accident. If you or a loved one were injured in a drunk driving accident, it may be possible to file a dram shop liability claim if it can be shown that the bar or tavern served a person who was visibly intoxicated, and that person then caused a traffic accident while under the influence of alcohol. At Mitchell & Shapiro, we fight for fair compensation and help you hold the negligent drivers liable for their actions. To discuss your potential claim, contact our Atlanta, Georgia dram shop liability and drunk driving accident attorneys today and schedule a free consultation.

Dram Shop Liability

When serving a customer in an Atlanta, Georgia liquor store, bar, restaurant, or club, or serving a guest at a private party, the proprietor or social host has a responsibility to avoid serving alcoholic beverages to a person who is visibly intoxicated. If the intoxicated person is served, and causes a drunk driving accident or assaults a person, the victim can bring a civil claim against the server (and the server's employer) under dram shop liability laws.

If you are involved in a drunk driving accident and a blood alcohol test shows the person was over the legal limit, you do not necessarily have a claim against the bar, restaurant, or individual who provided the beer, wine, or liquor. It is necessary to demonstrate to the court that the server knew, or should have known that the individual was intoxicated when the last alcohol was served. When investigating a dram shop claim our lawyers take witness statements and depositions as soon as possible to preserve evidence of negligence on the part of the server.

If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury or wrongful death as the result of someone being served too much alcohol, contact our Atlanta, Georgia dram shop liability and drunk driving accident attorneys. The first consultation is free of charge. If we agree to handle your personal injury case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we're paid only if you are compensated.

Contact Our Atlanta, Georgia Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

If a drunk driver has victimized you or a family member, the personal injury lawyers at Mitchell & Shapiro can help. We will protect your rights as a victim and fight for fair compensation on your behalf. Serving Metro Atlanta and Georgia victims statewide, drunk driving accident and dram shop liability attorney Richard C. Mitchell is prepared to act immediately to preserve crucial evidence. We will then conduct a thorough auto accident investigation. By conducting a thorough, unbiased analysis, we can evaluate your claim, strengthen your case, and determine who is at fault for the accident.

We boast an impressive track record of verdicts and settlements and are ready to put our knowledge and experience to work for you. Contact the firm of Mitchell & Shapiro today. Our drunk driving and dram shop liability attorneys can review your case and determine if a business establishment can be considered liable for selling alcohol illegally to the defendant.