If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you may be faced with medical expenses, lengthy recovery times, and even property damage. You deserve compensation for your injuries, and there may be more than one party to blame for your injuries. In Florida, Dram Shop laws may allow you to hold a bar or other alcohol vendor responsible for your injuries, under very specific circumstances.
What Are Dram Shop Laws?
Dram Shop laws are in place to ensure that injured victims can pursue compensation from all responsible parties, including any alcohol vendors that may have some share in the liability for your accident. Florida law limits the liability of establishments for drunk driving accidents, but there are certain circumstances that can make a business liable for your injuries. In order for a claim to be made under Dram Shop laws, a business must have participated in one of these two exceptions:
- The sale of alcohol to a minor. An establishment can be held liable for injuries caused by the sale of alcohol to a person under the age of 21. It is not required for the employee or seller to know that the patron is underage for this exception to apply.
- The sale of alcohol to someone who is known to be “habitually addicted” to alcohol. Establishments may also be liable for injuries if they serve alcohol to someone who has a known history of alcohol addiction. There is “foreseeable risk of injury” when this occurs.
If you can prove that your injuries were caused due to the negligence of an alcohol merchant, you may be able to file a claim for compensation from the merchant.
Who Do Dram Shop Laws Apply To?
Dram shop laws apply to any business that is licensed to sell alcohol. This can include:
- Liquor stores
- Brewery Tasting Rooms
- Sports event facilities
- Festival alcohol vendors
Get Help With Your Claim
It can be difficult to prove Dram Shop claims, due to the specific evidence used in these cases. Your trusted Clearwater drunk driving accident attorneys are knowledgeable and can help you gather the evidence you need to support your claims. Bryan Caulfield knows how difficult it can be to recover the compensation you deserve. He is committed to protecting the rights of his clients and providing personal legal representation for every case.
Contact his offices today to request a free case evaluation. Call (727) 308-6060 and ask to speak to Bryan.