Dram Shop Cases

Usually, when we think about drunk driving cases in Florida, we tend to focus on the person who got behind the wheel of the vehicle while intoxicated. This page focuses on non-drivers who are liable for injuries caused by the consumption of alcohol to the point of becoming impaired. This includes bartenders, hotels, tavern, restaurants, and even social event hosts who serve alcohol to persons who show signs of being intoxicated. The law office of The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A., based in Fort Lauderdale, and handling matters primarily occurring in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, has the experience that you need in order to pursue your dram shop liability case against such an institution. Call, today, for your free consultation, at (954) 951-3351.

Dram shop liability in Florida, or liquor shop liability, as some call it, involves giving or serving alcohol to a person who then injures a third party as a direct result of the impairment from the alcohol, but subject to certain statutory conditions. In Florida, a person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age shall not thereby become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age, or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages, may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.

In short, dram shop liability refers to the responsibility of the tavern, restaurant or other business (or even a social host) that sells or gives the alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person or a minor who then causes harm to another.

If you are injured by someone who was a drunk driver in Florida, immediately contact the law office of The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A., based in Fort Lauderdale, and handling matters primarily occurring in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, for your free consultation at (954) 951-3351. In Florida, liability may attach to someone, other than the driver, which could afford much greater insurance coverage than that of the motorist, and prompt investigation is required in order to ascertain the names of witnesses who might support your claim.