If a bar, restaurant or liquor store sells alcohol to an intoxicated person, and that person injures or kills another person, the seller of the alcohol may be liable for the injury or death. Dram shop liability laws in Connecticut are designed to hold bars, liquor stores and other alcohol establishments responsible for illegally selling alcohol to a minor or someone who is visibly intoxicated.
If you have been injured by a drunken driver, in addition to your claim against the owner and operator of the motor vehicle, you may have a claim under the Connecticut Dram Shop Act against the establishment that sold the driver the alcohol. Dram shops could include the establishments: bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and clubs.
The current Dram Shop Act makes a liquor seller liable to an injured third party if the seller, or his or her employee, sells liquor to an already intoxicated person. The maximum amount of damages a liquor seller can be required to pay to the third party is $250,000. 00.
If you were the victim of an accident involving an intoxicated person, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately in order to discuss your rights. The prosecution of a dram shop claim requires immediate fact investigation to secure witnesses and physical evidence of both the sale of the alcohol to an intoxicated person and the damages sustained. Additionally, there are time limitations and notice requirements to bring a dram shop action.
Dram shop liability issues are complicated and require the knowledge of a skilled Connecticut Personal Injury attorney