Dram Shop Claims Lawyer
Not many people are aware that when they or their loved one is hurt or killed at the hands of a drunk driver, they may have a case against not only the driver, but also the bar or restaurant that served alcohol to the driver. This type of case is called a “dram shop” claim. For victims of DUI accidents, it is extremely important that you consult with an attorney as soon as you have the suspicion that alcohol may have played a role in the collision. Connecticut has a strict law that states that bars and restaurants must be given written notice of a person’s intention to bring a claim against the bar/restaurant within 120 days of the accident. Furthermore, the notice must conform to specific requirements as set forth by statute.
As if the notice requirement wasn’t restrictive enough, Connecticut law also mandates that in order to succeed in a dram shop claim, it is not enough to prove that the bar/restaurant served the drunk driver an excessive amount of alcohol. You must also prove that the driver was visibly intoxicated at the time that he was served. This can be a difficult burden to overcome, especially if you do not have an attorney who knows the complexities of dram shop law.
The attorneys at Dolan & Dolan have experience handling dram shop claims and are well-versed in the legal requirements necessary to both fulfill the notice requirement and prove the case. If you feel that you may have a dram shop case against a bar or restaurant, call Dolan & Dolan to set up a free consultation and a case evaluation.