Dram Shop / Liquor Liability
Pennsylvania law prohibits individuals and establishments from serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons. The state’s “dram shop” law, so named for the old English reference to gin being served by the spoonful, or “dram,” applies to drinking establishments, retail stores that sell alcohol, private clubs and events and individuals who serve alcohol to minors or visibly intoxicated guests. This liquor liability law holds such parties civilly liable for any damages or injuries an intoxicated individual causes, even after leaving the premises. The dram shop law also applies to establishments and individuals selling or serving alcohol without a license or after hours.
Utilizing Pennsylvania’s dram shop law, Scartelli Olszewski Scranton, Pa., personal injury lawyers protect the rights of clients who were injured, or whose property was damaged, in drunk driving car accidents, bar fights, pedestrian accidents, assaults or other incidents involving intoxicated persons. Our attorneys possess the knowledge and trial experience to effectively demonstrate application of liquor liability law in dram shop lawsuits. A dram shop claim may also be incorporated into a motor vehicle accident claim involving DUI/DWI (driving under the influence of alcohol).
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered property damage as a result of the actions of an intoxicated individual, we encourage you to contact the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys of Scartelli Olszewski to pursue all of the compensation to which you may be entitled. We have represented accident victims in alternative dispute resolution forums such as mediation and arbitration, and before state and federal courts. We can also help you deal with your insurance company, as well as the insurance companies of the offending parties. Please do not hesitate to contact us today