If a person becomes injured because of a drunk driver, an intoxicated attacker, or the negligence of an inebriated individual, dram shop laws allow you to sue and hold businesses or their employees liable for damages. Establishments and their employees who provide alcohol to an intoxicated person can be held. Learn more about what a dram shop liability lawyer does below.
Definition of a Dram Shop Liability Lawyer
If you or someone you love were in an accident involving alcohol and became injured, you deserve compensation from all responsible parties. The individual that caused your injuries may not be the only one held liable — the business (or their employee) may also be held accountable for damages responsible and accountable for your injury.
This means a victim (or injured plaintiff) can sue a restaurant, bar, or another alcohol retailer, as well as the individual who served the perpetrator alcohol. When an unfortunate event, such as this, occurs, it is important to seek the counsel and guidance of a dram shop liability attorney.
A dram shop liability lawyer will determine whether or not dram shop liability applies. If the person or business who supplied the alcohol to the perpetrator is also at fault, your attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Obtaining this compensation may not be possible without the representation of a dram shop liability lawyer, it is, at very least, much more difficult. A dram shop liability attorney will work for you, protect your rights, and give you the guidance you need during this challenging time.
Why Should I Hire a Dram Shop Liability Attorney?
Proving fault in a dram shop case can be a challenging task. It can be difficult for the bartender, restaurant, or waiter to know how much a patron has already had to drink, how much alcohol they can handle, or whether they are drinking on an empty stomach or not. But to win your dram shop liability case, you will need to prove that the perpetrator was obviously and apparently drunk (to you and other people).
Some people do a decent job pretending they are sober and may not seem drunk at all. While the individual’s blood-alcohol level will be taken into account, it may not be evidence enough.
Taking this head-on without a knowledgeable and practiced lawyer is overwhelming and daunting for most. An attorney who has years of experience in dram shop liabilities and the knowledge to back it up dramatically increases your chances of a successful outcome. It is best to talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible in these cases, so you can gather as much evidence and witnesses while possible.
The Attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton Can Help
The skilled lawyers at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton have extensive experience in handling dram shop liability claims. With over 50 years of combined legal knowledge and experience, our team of attorneys will provide comprehensive representation and help navigate this complex process. Schedule your free case evaluation at one of our offices throughout Utah County and West Jordan today.