In alcohol-related accidents, liability generally falls on the intoxicated person who caused the accident. In New York, alcohol providers are sometimes responsible, as well. Under certain circumstances, alcohol sellers and social hosts may also be responsible for injuries sustained by an innocent third party accident victim.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated person, we can help. Contact a Suffolk County dram shop liability attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. to schedule a free consultation.
When most people hear about dram shop laws, they think about drunk driving accidents. Depending on specific accident facts, New York dram shop laws cover drunk driving accidents. They can also apply to other types of accidents involving alcohol, such as boating accidents and assaults. Dram shop liability is especially helpful when injuries are severe and additional compensation is necessary for medical bills and other damages.
In New York, restaurants, bars, and other establishments that are licensed to sell alcohol may be liable for accident injuries. Establishments can incur liability for serving alcohol to someone who subsequently causes an accident and injures an innocent third party. In general, an alcohol seller is only responsible for those injuries and damages if:
Additionally, a social host may incur liability for providing alcohol to a minor or for authorizing a minor’s consumption of alcohol if an innocent party is subsequently injured.
Our attorneys will track down any existing evidence proving that the seller provided alcohol to the visibly intoxicated defendant. They will review security camera recordings and nearby surveillance footage, which may have recorded the defendant’s inebriated conduct and behavior. They will also interview witnesses and find evidence showing how much and what kind of alcohol the defendant was served.
There are often two or more insurance companies involved in dram shop liability cases. That typically means that you have two insurance companies working against your claim. Our attorneys are experienced negotiators, and they understand insurance company tactics. They will advocate for a full and fair recovery in settlement negotiations. They will also be prepared to try your case in court if the insurance company offers are unreasonable.
If you are recovering from injuries in an alcohol-related accident, you need an experienced legal advocate to represent your interests. Contact a Suffolk County personal injury attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. to discuss your claim.