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Were you or a loved one injured in a DUI accident in Minnesota? You may be able to file suit against the bar, restaurant or other licensed establishment that served alcohol to the intoxicated driver.
How Dram Shop Claims Work
Minnesota's dram shop law allows injury victims and their loved ones to hold licensed establishments accountable for serving alcohol in violation of the State's strong liquor laws. These dram shop claims can be made in addition to a separate or joined claim against the intoxicated driver. Dram shop liability also extends to cover licensed establishments for bar fights and any other alcohol-related accidents.
Violations Of Minnesota Liquor Law
A dram shop lawsuit must be based on the violation of Minnesota's liquor code. In Minnesota, it's illegal for a licensed establishment to serve alcohol to someone who is already "obviously" intoxicated. It's also illegal to serve alcohol to a minor, someone under the age of 21.
Either of these violations can act as the foundation for a dram shop claim, in the event that the intoxicated patron goes on to cause an alcohol-related accident. In a dram shop claim, injury victims and their families can claim a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Limited Social Host Liability
Dram shop liability even extends to cover social hosts in limited circumstances. In Minnesota, social hosts - people who serve alcohol at private parties - can be held accountable for illegally furnishing minors with alcohol, if the minor then goes on to cause an accident while they are intoxicated. This form of liability does not cover intoxicated adults. Social hosts can only be held accountable for the intoxicated actions of minors.
Statute Of Limitations
Like any other lawsuit in Minnesota, dram shop claims are controlled by a strict statute of limitations, which acts as a legal time limit. File your claim after the statute of limitations has run out and your case will be dismissed. The statute of limitations for dram shop lawsuits in Minnesota is currently set at 2 years, beginning on the date of injury.