Dram shop claims can result from:
- A minor or alcohol-addicted driver injures another person: A person under the age of 21, or an adult with a habitual alcohol addiction, purchases or receives an alcoholic beverage from a vendor, establishment or business. The same person then operates a motor vehicle and causes an accident, injuring another party. Whoever is responsible for providing the alcohol can be held accountable for any damages or injuries caused by the crash.
- A minor or alcohol-addicted driver injures themselves: A person under the age of 21, or an adult with a habitual alcohol addiction, is provided alcohol from a vendor, establishment or business. That person gets injured in a crash with another vehicle or stationary object. The vendor or establishment can be held accountable for injuries caused to the person they served alcohol to.
Pajcic & Pajcic has extensive experience with both types of dram shop claims. In one representative case, we recovered $950,000 from a restaurant that had served alcohol to a 20-year-old.
Seek help from an experienced attorney
It's always advisable to practice responsibility before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. There is no reason why a minor under the age of 21 should consume alcohol. Equally, adults with known addictions to alcohol are a danger to themselves and others.
However, when a bar, liquor store or other business knowingly serves alcohol to a minor or adult with an addiction, they should be held accountable. If you have been injured by a drunk driver who was irresponsibly served alcohol, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the vendor, establishment or business.
Don't let someone else's negligence take a toll on your life. Take your claim seriously from the start. The Florida statute of limitations for dram shop claims is four years. Taking prompt action is a great way to build a strong claim. Let the attorneys at Pajcic & Pajcic handle the rest. We'll investigate your claim and work to hold negligent vendors, establishments and business accountable for your losses.
Contact Pajcic & Pajcic for a free case evaluation, or call 904-358-8881. You shouldn't have to suffer because of someone else's irresponsible behavior.