When the injured plaintiff is the individual who sold the alcoholic drinks, the case is known as a “first party” dram shop lawsuit. Some states expressly prohibit the use of first-party dram shop cases. Even in states where such a claim is allowed, first-party dram shop claims are extremely difficult.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver and want to bring a suit against a possible third party, you will need the help of an extremely competent dram shop litigation attorney. The South Carolina personal injury attorneys at Mickelsen Dalton have the experience and know-how in order to succeed in a dram shop litigation case.
Why Hire Our Dram Shop Litigation Attorneys at Mickelsen Dalton?
We will never back down from a case. We are bold. We are relentless. Our South Carolina dram shop attorneys realize how complex and difficult these cases can be, which is why we use our unlimited resources and experience to tackle every case with care and discretion. We use our voices to speak for our victims while allowing our results to speak for themselves.
In just three short years from opening our doors, we have already obtained over $3,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Why You Need a Dram Shop Litigation Attorney?
It can be difficult to establish culpability in these situations, which is why you need an experienced dram store liability attorney on your side – someone who can acquire the evidence you need to prove your case and succeed.
Injury lawsuits can be extremely difficult to navigate. The number of people who can be held liable for an accident can sometimes be substantially more than the number of people who were directly engaged in the accident. In the case of drunk driving accidents, not only is the DUI offender to blame, but also the bar where the alcohol was provided.
Due to the complexities and intricacies of these situations, it is vital to hire an experienced dram shop litigation lawyer in South Carolina.
What Is Dram Shop Litigation?
Dram shop legislation holds restaurants, bars, and other businesses that sell alcoholic beverages accountable for the harm caused by drunken customers. For these types of harms, there was no common law cause of action available against commercial vendors. However, the majority of states now have a dram shop statute that allows for such legal action, but the breadth of these laws varies widely.
Although there is no “Dram Shop Act” in South Carolina, it is criminal to “knowingly” provide alcohol to anyone who is inebriated. To bring a Dram Shop case, the injured party must prove that an establishment intentionally provided alcohol to an intoxicated individual by using the criminal legislation governing alcohol control (S.C. Code Ann. 61-4-580).
If the injured party can show that a restaurant or bar knew or should have known that it was serving an intoxicated person, whether by signs of visible intoxication or by the type, number, and duration of alcoholic drinks consumed by the customer, the restaurant or bar is liable for the injuries and damages caused by the drunk driver.
Contact Our Dram Shop Litigation Attorneys Today
Please contact us right away if you have been harmed in an accident caused by a drunk driver and believe multiple parties are to blame. Mickelsen Dalton LLC has a team of experienced South Carolina drunk driving attorneys.
Feel free to contact us at (843) 804-0428 (South Carolina) or (678) 641-9054 (Georgia) so that we can begin working on your case right away. You can also write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our website’s form to send us an inquiry. We are available every day of the week.