Experienced Attorneys For Liquor Liability Claims
When bars, restaurants and other establishments inappropriately serve or overserve patrons, they can be held liable for resulting damages. In limited circumstances, homeowners or tenants can be liable for damages arising from the service of alcohol at their property, even in a private setting; this is a legal concept known as “social host” liability.
Each claim is different, and the attorneys at Kiernan, Plunkett & Redihan, LLP in Providence have considered a multitude of fact patterns under Rhode Island’s Liquor Liability Act and history of case law on this subject. We have assisted our clients in resolving many significant claims involving severe injuries and death arising from allegations of liquor liability. In recent years, especially, we have handled a diverse array of liquor liability claims, and we know what questions need to be answered and what investigation needs to be done to ensure favorable results.
Liquor Liability And Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
The most common example of liquor liability (also known as dram shop liability) stems from motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. When car accident victims explore their legal options, a dram shop claim can significantly increase the total amount of compensation available to them. This becomes especially relevant when the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
Other Types Of Claims
Motor vehicle accidents are not the only type of claim in which liquor liability statutes come into play. If a bar serves an already intoxicated person alcohol and that person goes on to assault another customer, for instance, the bar may be held liable for damages. In any event, both establishments that serve alcohol and injury victims with liquor liability claims should seek the counsel of attorneys who are well versed in this specialized area of law.