Dram Shop Liability

Holding Businesses Responsible For Irresponsible Alcohol Sales

Responsible drinkers, bars and restaurants know when to say when. They know that an intoxicated person getting behind the wheel can cause injuries to an unsuspecting and innocent third party. They know that some intoxicated persons have a tendency to become violent or take other risky actions that they would not if they were sober. For this reason, bars and restaurants can be held liable under Illinois law when they over-serve a person and cause that person to become intoxicated if that intoxicated person causes another person’s injury. This is often referred to as dram shop or liquor liability law.

For example, if a person gets drunk at a bar and then gets behind the wheel and rear-ends another vehicle, not only can the drunk individual be held responsible for the injuries to the person who was rear-ended, but so can the bar for causing the person’s intoxicated state if that intoxication contributed to the collision occurring.

While our office is in Bolingbrook, Illinois, we also handle cases throughout Will County, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, Winnebago County, Boone County, Grundy County, LaSalle County, Lake County, McHenry County, Kankakee County and throughout the state of Illinois.

If you have been injured due to another person’s intoxication, you may have a right to seek compensation against the bar or restaurant that over-served that person under Illinois dram shop/liquor liability law. Dram shop and liquor liability cases are often complex. Determining your rights under the law regarding a dram shop case is key to whether or not you can recover any sum. By hiring a qualified dram shop/liquor liability attorney, you protect yourself and ensure that you will be able to obtain all compensation you need and deserve.

Common Dram Shop Cases Can Arise From:

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Fights
  • Assaults and rape

Dram shop injuries can result in dramatic, catastrophic and life-altering injuries and even death. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is the only way to protect your interests and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve and need. Bars, restaurants and other liquor dispensing establishments are under an obligation to keep from over-serving patrons.

When they fail to do this and a person is injured because of someone’s intoxication, the injured person has the right to compensation for their past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, lost wages and other compensable damages that are recognized under the law. Our dram shop lawyers and liquor liability lawyers are experienced in handling a wide range of personal injury cases, including intoxication cases.

If you or a loved one has been injured by an intoxicated person, contact us immediately to schedule a free consultation. Fees are not charged on plaintiff’s personal injury cases until you collect.