15 Aug Dram Shop Liability Laws in California
Intoxication, especially driving under the influence, can lead to poor judgement and dangerous decisions. Those decisions may have led to serious injuries for you, along with the costs for your recovery. A local Sacramento lawyer may be able to help you.
But who’s liable in cases like these? Knowing who’s liable before you take your claim to court can help you get answers in a timely manner, without extra steps and more time without the compensation you’re due. If you’re struggling to get compensated for a dram shop liability claim, here’s what you need to know.
When Are Alcohol Vendors Liable for Injuries?
Typically, when another person injures you, your claim is filed against them. They’re responsible for driving drunk, for example, and causing a car accident. Because of this, the responsibility for your injuries typically doesn’t fall on the seller who allowed the purchase of alcohol. This rule also applies to hosts who may have served drinks at a party, for example.
But there are exceptions. Generally, these exceptions apply to the sale or offering of alcoholic beverages to minors, or people under twenty-one. For example, if an eighteen-year-old was given alcohol by an adult at a party, and they caused an accident while drinking and driving, the adult who provided the alcohol may be responsible for your injuries.
Because these rules are so specific to the case, you may need help from a lawyer to determine whether you’re eligible to sue the person who provided the alcohol. Luckily, we’re ready to help.
Compensation Due for Dram Shop Liability Claims
Your lawyer can also help you seek compensation for the damages, or hardships and costs of your injuries, against the at-fault party. Your lawyer can pursue both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages should cover all the financial costs of your injuries, such as hospital bills or lost wages. Your lawyer can help you add these up and include them as part of your claim.
Non-economic damages can be more complex. These are intangible damages, like pain and suffering, and they may be more difficult to calculate. You need specific tools to calculate these damages based on the severity of your suffering and the impact of your accident.
Not sure what your claim is worth? Your lawyer is here to help. We offer the tools you need when you’re hurt and need help identifying what your dram shop liability claim is worth.
Speak with a Dram Shop Liability Lawyer
When you’ve been injured by an intoxicated person, you need to know your rights and the next steps you’ll need to take to recover from the injuries and suffering you’ve experienced. If you’re not sure who’s at fault for your injuries and who is liable, you may need legal guidance for your claim.
That’s where the lawyers at the Crowell Law Offices can step in. We know the dram shop liability laws that can impact your claim, and we’re here to help you take action. Start with a free consultation, and we can discuss these laws, your claim, and how we’re prepared to help your claim succeed. When you’re ready to learn more, call 916-303-2800 or complete the online contact form below.