What is Dram Shop Liability?
The term “dram shop” originated in 18th century England to refer to taverns and bars that sold alcohol by a very small unit called a dram. With dram shop liability laws, victims injured in an alcohol-related accident can put some blame on the establishment that provided the alcohol.
If an establishment provides alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person or a minor, the restaurant or bar can be held accountable if the person then gets involved in an alcohol-related incident that causes death or injury to the intoxicated person or to outside parties. For example, if a bartender knowingly serves alcohol to a person under the age of 21 and the intoxicated minor proceeds to get into a traffic accident, the bar where the minor was served can be held responsible for the injuries incurred.
The intention of dram shop liability laws is to protect the public from the dangers of intoxicated persons originating from careless establishments who over-serve patrons or who serve minors. Wisconsin’s dram shop liability law only applies to cases in which alcohol was served to minors who subsequently get involved in an accident.
Alcohol-related incidents can be complicated affairs, and sometimes it is difficult to determine who should carry the burden of blame for injuries and suffering. Sometimes the irresponsible behavior of an alcohol-serving establishment can play a role in subsequent accidents, especially through the provision of alcohol to minors.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an alcohol-related incident, you may be entitled to compensation from the establishment responsible for your suffering. The Rhinelander dram shop liability lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can evaluate your situation and determine the best action to take. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874.