If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone having been served too much alcohol, contact the liquor liability attorneys at Bartlett Legal Group now. We will help you determine if it is possible to bring a personal injury suit under the Connecticut dram shop laws. If we find you have a viable case, we will fight for your rights and help you maximize compensation for your losses and injuries.
If you are injured in an auto accident by a drunk driver, in addition to bringing a claim against the drunk driver you may have the ability to recover from the bar or restaurant who served drinks to the driver. In order to do this effectively, you will need the assistance of a seasoned liquor liability attorney.
This is an old legal term that has passed down through the years. It relates to establishments that serve liquor such as bars, nightclubs or sometimes restaurants. Liquor was once dispensed by the liquid measure the dram, hence the term dram shop.
Connecticut established dram shop laws to prohibit bartenders and waitstaff from serving people who were already showing signs of intoxication. Under the laws, if someone who is served alcohol while visibly intoxicated injures another person, the bar or restaurant who continued to serve them may be liable for the injuries sustained. Liquor liability, also known as “Dram Shop Liability” may also cover injuries sustained in a fight or other physical altercation if the club owner continued to serve alcohol to a person who was obviously intoxicated. CONN. GEN. STAT. § 30-102. Dram Shop Act; Sale of alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person.
Although every case is unique and past results are not a guarantee of future success, Attorney Frank Bartlett, Jr. has been recognized in 2010 and 2013 for obtaining one of the largest verdicts on record in the state of Connecticut in the area of liquor liability or dram shop liability. He has also been featured in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Personal Injury Yearbook as a result of dram shop verdicts.
Attorney Bartlett has successfully represented dram shop cases before the Superior Courts, the Appellate Courts and the Connecticut Supreme Court (see TV coverage video near the bottom of our home page “Supreme Court Oral Argument in Patrick Wood v. Club LLC, et al.”). Please look at the alcohol related case results on our results page.
When is a Bar or Restaurant Owner Potentially Liable for Injuries?
When a person is injured as a result of a drunk driver, they may be able to file a lawsuit seeking to hold the bar or restaurant who served the drunk driver while intoxicated. The plaintiff must prove the following elements to succeed in a dram shop lawsuit:
What compensation are you entitled to?
In personal injury cases, compensatory damages are awarded to compensate the injured person for the harm caused by the intoxicated person. Compensatory damages attempt to make the victim “whole” again and provide financial compensation for economic and non-economic losses. Also known as actual damages, economic losses that may be covered include:
Whether you are a patron of a restaurant or bar or you are simply walking home from an evening out, you should not have to be worried about being injured by a person who has consumed too much alcohol. Serious injuries sustained in fights, car accidents or simply walking down the street and being struck by an out of control vehicle can be life-altering and in some cases can result in death.
Bartlett Legal Group, LLC is centrally located and represents clients throughout all Connecticut towns and cities. Don’t feel you may not have a case. Call now for a no-obligation free consultation.