“Dram Shop” is the legal term for the responsibility of a bar owner not to overserve a patron who is legally intoxicated.
When a bar serves a drunk person, and the drunk hurts someone in the community, Indiana law allows for a direct recovery against the bar. Dram shop cases are difficult and complex, usually involving disputed proof and toxicological science.
We recently represented a motorcyclist who was hit by a drunk leaving a bar. The bar had over served the patron, and he almost immediately ran a stop sign and seriously injured the innocent motorcyclist. The settlement represented the maximum policy limits of the bar.
This was a case where we asked to lend a hand by another respected law firm. We prepared a well polished settlement video and a custom web page to present the case. Combined with the excellent investigation and work up with our co-counsel, the case resolved for a fair amount. Our client’s medical bills - both past and future - are taken care of, and they have financial security heading into retirement.
If you are interested in learning more about dram shop cases or liquor liability, feel free to call us.