Get Knowledgeable Advice From An Ohio Dram Shop Lawyer
Drunk driving accidents are not always the sole fault of the intoxicated driver. In fact, many drunk driving accidents are the partial fault of the party who negligently provided the driver with alcohol, such as a restaurant over serving drinks or a social host knowingly giving alcohol to a minor. Depending on the circumstances, these parties may sometimes be held civilly liable for any damages that an intoxicated person should cause in the event of an accident under Ohio’s dram shop liability laws. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact the knowledgeable and compassionate advocates at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co. L.P.A. today. Having been fighting for victims of drunk driving accidents for more than a century, our Toledo dram shop liability attorneys can help identify all parties responsible for your injuries and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf during this difficult time. Our firm stands apart from the rest for the following reasons:
- More than half a billion dollars recovered in verdicts and settlements
- Super Lawyers list inclusion for client satisfaction and skill
- U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers inclusion
- Experienced, one-on-one legal advocacy
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help. Dial 419-719-5195 today to discuss your injury claim with one of our professionals.
When Are Restaurants And Social Hosts Liable?
Under Ohio Law, persons injured by an intoxicated individual may seek damages from a licensed alcohol vendor under either of the following circumstances:
- They are injured on the vendor’s property due to their negligence.
- They are injured off the vendor’s property after the vendor knowingly sold alcohol to a “noticeably intoxicated” individual or to a person under 21 years of age.
The first scenario extends dram shop liability beyond traffic collisions and can involve any sort of accident caused by an intoxicated person, including slip and falls and intentional assaults. For example, say a bar owner was to overserve alcohol to Jerry, who is already visibly drunk. As he leaves, Jerry stumbles down a flight of stairs into Steve, injuring him. In this case, the bar owner may be held liable for Steve’s injuries due to his negligent service of alcohol. While many states extend these liabilities to social hosts, social hosts are generally protected from the actions of their guests. Instead, social hosts may only be held liable in the event that they should negligently provide alcohol to a minor under 21 who then causes injuries in a vehicle accident.
Injured parties may pursue compensation for a wide variety of damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits
- Reduced quality of life
- Damaged property
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Why You Need Our Toledo Dram Shop Lawyers
Dram shop liability claims can be extremely complex and involve multiple parties and insurance companies – many of which have considerable resources to combat your claim and harm your chances of securing compensation. At Williams DeClark Tuschman Co. L.P.A., we understand the laws that apply to your situation and can use our cutting-edge legal advocacy to maximize your potential financial recovery. From negotiating with the opposing parties to pursuing litigation if necessary, we have what it takes to ensure your well-being is guarded during this difficult time.