Pennsylvania Dram Shop Liability & Alcohol Service Lawsuits

Pennsylvania Dram Shop Liability & Alcohol Service Lawsuits2018-08-01T14:58:44+00:00
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Were you or a loved one injured in a drunk driving accident, bar fight or other alcohol-related accident in Pennsylvania? You may be eligible to file suit against the licensed establishment that served the alcohol. Our experienced attorneys can help.

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In Pennsylvania, state law holds licensed establishments accountable for violating the liquor code, allowing injured parties and their loved ones to pursue financial compensation in the wake of a drunk driving accident or bar fight. If you or a loved one were injured in an alcohol-related accident in Pennsylvania, you may be able to sue the establishment that served the patron who harmed you.

Dram Shop Laws & Rules In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's dram shop law provides injured patrons and drivers a powerful set of legal options after they've been hurt. Bars, restaurants and liquor stores in Pennsylvania are held to strict alcohol service standards.

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As we all know, licensed establishments are prohibiting from serving or selling liquor to underage individuals, people under the age of 21. But licensed establishments are also barred from over-serving patrons, from serving alcohol to someone who is already visibly intoxicated.

Pennsylvania's dram shop law holds licensed establishments liable for violating these basic public safety measures. In the wake of a drunk driving accident or bar fight, some injury victims may be eligible to file a dram shop lawsuit against the restaurant, bar or liquor store that served the person who caused the accident.

Social Host Liability

In some cases, social hosts can also be held accountable. Pennsylvania's dram shop laws extend to place liability on those who host social guests, but only for serving guests who are under the age of 21.

Statute Of Limitations

Like every form of civil lawsuit, dram shop lawsuits are governed by a strict statute of limitations. This law restricts the amount of time injured parties have to file suit. In Pennsylvania, dram shop lawsuits are controlled by a 2-year statute of limitations, beginning on the date of injury. The statute of limitations must be respected. File suit after the statute has run out and you will almost certainly lose the right to press your claim in court.

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