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A Bar’s Liability for its Patrons

Enjoying a night out with friends can be a great time, but it can also lead to serious consequences. When you’re out having fun it can be difficult to keep track of how many drinks you’ve had, so when you’re visibly intoxicated and still being served drinks by a bar, restaurant, or other establishment, they may be liable for damages caused by your subsequent actions. Holding these places of business accountable for negligence is known as dram shop liability.

Dram shop liability varies from state to state, currently; Pennsylvania has dram shop laws, while Delaware does not. Generally, PA dram shop law is used after an intoxicated person causes a serious automobile accident; but it can also be used if a bar serves a visibly intoxicated person who then causes injury to another patron. In these cases, the party injured in the auto accident or the injured patron can sue the establishment under the dram shop law.

If an intoxicated person has seriously injured you or a loved one, The Law Office of Michael J. Hood can help. We have focused our practice on the needs and rights of victims in Delaware and Pennsylvania since 1982. We take a direct approach, learning as much as we can about your accident, as well as your goals, so that we can give you a timely and accurate assessment of the potential value of your claim, as well as your prospects for success. We will keep you fully informed of all developments in your case, as well as your options, so that you can make good decisions about how to proceed.

Contact Michael J. Hood

The Law Office of Michael J. Hood represents accident & injury victims throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania including individuals in New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County in Delaware. Also Delaware county, Chester county and Philadelphia county in PA. We offer a free initial consultation to every client. For an appointment, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000. We are open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but we will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We will travel to your home or the hospital if necessary.