Dram Shop Claims
Dram Shop Claims
Did you or a loved one suffer an injury as a result of the actions of an intoxicated individual, or did you lose a loved one because of a drunken driver? Sadly, South Carolina has dismal drunken driving statistics, and the establishments and individuals who provide these drivers with alcohol when they are already intoxicated should be held accountable.
An experienced Charleston “Dram Shop” alcohol liability attorney like those at Crantford Meehan may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve
Charleston establishments that sell alcohol have a responsibility to not over-serve any individual or anyone under the Charleston legal drinking age of 21. Like any reasonable person, the individual serving alcohol should be able to tell whether a customer is intoxicated if the customer is stumbling or slurring their speech.
South Carolina does not have a specific “dram shop” statute. A dram shop liability claim must meet the standards under the state’s criminal statutes that govern lawful alcohol sales and other alcohol laws.
Charleston is one of the leading cities in the country when it comes to car accidents. We cannot afford to add intoxication to these traffic accident statistics. That’s why it’s important that those who knowingly serve intoxicated individuals more alcohol be held liable for their reckless actions.
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You have rights if a Charleston alcohol establishment or server knowingly serves an intoxicated individual, and that individual later injures you or causes a loved one to lose their life. Collecting the necessary evidence to make a dram shop liability claim takes a great deal of legwork and experience.
You need to be focused on your recovery or your grief, not reliving the trauma of your ordeal by making numerous phone calls and personal visits trying to get the evidence you need.
The experienced Charleston dram shop liability legal team at Crantford Meehan gathers this type of evidence on a regular basis for our clients. We understand the industry and know what facts will best support your liability claim and where to find them. We can access security camera footage and police reports and speak to any witnesses from the establishment, the accident scene, or anyone else who otherwise witnessed the intoxicated individual.
It’s critical to gather this evidence as soon as possible. Don’t wait any longer to call an experienced Charleston dram shop liability attorney.
Once the experienced legal team at Crantford Meehan assesses the specifics of your case, we will have a better idea of how we’ll fight for you to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. In general, you should receive compensation for your medical expenses and recovery, as well as for any property damage or loss. In some cases, victims or those who have lost a loved one receive punitive damages in an award from a jury.
It’s common in drunken driving cases to pursue the intoxicated driver’s insurance company first. If we believe you are entitled to more than their policy limits, we may decide to pursue additional claims in court.