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Did you or someone close to you recently get hurt in an accident caused by someone who had too much to drink? If so, you might be understandably frustrated and curious about your recovery options. You probably know you could have grounds for a legal case against the drunk driver. But did you know you might also have a dram shop liability claim against the party or parties that overserved them?
Dram shop liability cases are injury claims that hold businesses or other parties liable if they over-serve alcohol to individuals who go on to harm others. Essentially, if certain entities serve alcohol to already-intoxicated persons who then cause injury accidents, those entities might be legally responsible for the consequences of their negligence.
But pursuing a dram shop liability claim is not easy. First, you must meet specific legal requirements and criteria to establish liability. Then there’s the fact that many “dram shops” are parts of larger corporations with significant legal and financial resources. This is why having a trusted Houston dram shop attorney by your side is essential.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we can level the playing field and stand up to deep-pocketed companies to demand justice and fair compensation for you. With more than 100 years of combined experience in personal injury law, you can count on us to handle every aspect of your dram shop liability case while you recover from your injuries.
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What Are the Requirements to Bring a Dram Shop Claim?
Under Texas law, your case must meet the following conditions to have a successful dram shop claim.
First, you must prove that the individual who caused the accident was obviously intoxicated at the time when the establishment served them. This means showing they displayed clear signs of intoxication that would be noticeable to the average person. You also need to show that it should have been apparent to the establishment that the individual they served presented a clear risk to themselves and others.
Second, you must prove that the other person’s intoxication was a proximate cause of your injuries and related losses. This means you must establish a direct link between the individual’s intoxication and the harm you suffered.
In addition to dram shop liability for businesses that sell alcohol, Texas law also recognizes “social host liability.” Hosts can be liable if they provide alcohol at social events to minors under 18 who subsequently cause harm to others due to their intoxication. The minor doesn’t need to be obviously intoxicated when the host serves them or permits them to be served for this liability to apply.
Can You Sue Alcohol Companies in Dram Shop Liability Cases?
In dram shop liability claims, the focus is typically on the establishment rather than manufacturers or distributors supplying the alcohol. Alcohol companies are generally not liable under Texas dram shop laws, as the legal duty to provide responsible alcohol service lies with establishments that serve it.
However, it’s important to consult with a Houston dram shop attorney. Your lawyer can thoroughly evaluate your case, as there could be exceptions, such as in cases involving defective products or misleading marketing practices.
Can You Sue Bars in Dram Shop Liability Cases?
Yes, you can sue a bar in a dram shop liability case if the bar serves alcohol to an intoxicated person who subsequently causes harm. Bars and other establishments that serve alcohol have a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care and not over-serve patrons. If a bar overserves a customer to the extent that they pose a danger to themselves and others, the bar could be liable in a dram shop case.