Rochester Attorneys Handling Liquor Liability and Dram Shop Cases

Person with drink getting in a carPeople are expected to behave responsibly while consuming alcohol. The law also places responsibilities on those who sell alcohol. Businesses that breach these responsibilities can be found liable for doing so. If you or a loved one was harmed by someone who purchased alcohol illegally, you may have a claim against the business that sold it to them. Our Rochester attorneys handle dram shop and liquor liability cases on behalf of victims. Call today to speak with a lawyer. We handle matters in Owatonna and other Minnesota communities, as well as in Iowa and Wisconsin. In 2016, Jim Suk obtained a $15.3 million injury/death verdict in a dram shop case.

Rochester dram shop lawyers handling claims against Minnesota companies that illegally sold alcohol

Minnesota’s dram shop laws allow for liability claims against a business that illegally sells alcohol to someone who then goes on to harm another. It is illegal for a bar or establishment to sell alcohol after hours or to someone who is clearly intoxicated or underage. If the person receiving the alcohol injures someone, the seller may be found responsible if it is shown that:

  1. The sale occurred illegally; and
  2. The illegal sale contributed to the perpetrator’s intoxication; and
  3. The intoxication was a direct cause of the harm; and
  4. The plaintiff suffered actual damage

Dram shop claims can arise in a number of ways. People could be injured in a DUI accident or become the victim of an assault and battery, among other possibilities. A plaintiff is generally required to file a dram shop claim within two years. Other issues may shorten this statute of limitations so it is crucial that you speak with an injury attorney immediately.

When a victim is injured in a car accident or some other incident, it may not be immediately obvious that a liquor liability claim could be made. It is important for your counsel to fully investigate the matter and use the discovery process to determine if there are responsible parties other than the driver. It is possible to obtain dram shop sales records, surveillance footage, and other evidence to determine whether a bar, restaurant, or other establishment is liable. This evidence can be used to establish that the sale was illegal or that the establishment knew their patron was intoxicated. Depending on the nature of the conduct, the establishment may be liable for punitive damages as well.

Our Rochester personal injury attorneys assist those who have been harmed by the irresponsible distribution of alcohol. Prior to your initial consultation we will provide you with a list of information we need to begin working on your case as soon as possible. We work quickly to identify all the possible issues in your case and contact all the parties. If the defendants fail to make a fair settlement offer we do not hesitate to take your case to trial. We use the discovery process to determine whether the establishment regularly violated their duty of care; repeated violations may lead to punitive damages.  If your case proceeds to trial, we will make sure your interests are protected throughout the process. Jim Suk founded our firm in 1988 and we are experienced and successful in these matters. Jim obtained a $15 million verdict in a 2016 Olmsted County dram shop trial. Do not risk your future with a less-experienced lawyer. Contact us today for assistance.

We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.

Attorneys providing quality representation to plaintiffs in Rochester and SE Minnesota dram shop cases

It’s understandable that you are worried if you or a loved one has been harmed by the negligent distribution of alcohol. Being left in the dark about your case should not be another cause for concern. We take great pride in the level of representation we provide to our clients. In addition to being proactive in each of our cases, we quickly return your phone calls, promptly respond to your emails, and make sure your questions are answered as your case moves forward. We take our role in serving our clients seriously and quality representation is our promise to each and every client we serve.