Liquor liability cases involve personal injuries caused by an intoxicated person who has been over-served alcohol or who was illegally served alcohol under the age of 21 years. Different legal standards apply depending on whether the intoxicated person injured himself or another person, whether the server was a licensed alcohol establishment such as a liquor store, bar, pub, nightclub or restaurant (a so-called “dram shop”) as opposed to a social host, and whether the person to whom the alcohol was served was over or under the legal drinking age. Liquor liability claims typically arise when an intoxicated person who has been over-served causes a motor vehicle accident, or starts a fight, or commits a serious crime such as a sexual assault, rape or homicide.
Because these incidents often involve a criminal investigation, it is important to engage legal counsel with experience working behind the scenes with the police, the district attorney’s office and the victim witness advocate.
Boston, Massachusetts and Rhode Island injury lawyer Jonathan D. Sweet, Esq., a seasoned trial attorney, has successfully represented personal injury victims in liquor liability cases. For more information about your potential case, contact Attorney Sweet can be contacted anytime, day or night, seven days a week. There is never a charge for an initial consultation.