Dram Shop Claims

The Origin of Dram Shop Claims

In general, an individual is responsible for the amount of alcohol they consume. Florida Statutes Annotated § 768.125 states that a person who sells alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age cannot be held liable for any damages that person causes while intoxicated. The same statute does, however, state that anyone who willfully or unlawfully sells or gives alcohol to a person under the age of 21, or who knowingly serves alcohol to a person who is addicted to alcohol, may be held liable for any damages caused by that person due to intoxication.

Claims filed against bars and clubs for damages of this kind are known as dram shop claims, since bars and taverns used to be known as “dram shops.” In order to win such a case, the claimant must be able to prove that their damages were a direct result of the defendant’s intoxication due to the bar or club’s negligence in serving them alcohol. A Clearwater personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Carey Leisure & Neal can help you in such cases. Attorney Tom Carey holds a position of leadership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and is a strong advocate against intoxicated driving, which is a common cause for dram shop claims. If you need excellent legal counsel and representation, we can help.

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