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The St. Cloud Dram Shop Law Attorneys At PCG Law Are Here To Answer Your Questions

At PCG Law, our dram shop law attorneys are leaders in this complex body of law. We represent individuals and families who have been harmed by drunk drivers who were overserved by alcohol-selling establishments. Below are some of the most common questions we hear from our clients whose lives have been turned upside down by drunk driving accidents.

For a free consultation about your case, please call us in St. Cloud at 320-200-9805 or complete our contact form. Our dram shop law attorneys represent clients throughout central Minnesota.

What Is Dram Shop Law?

Dram shop law refers to the body of law that holds alcohol-serving establishments, such as bars, restaurants and liquor stores, liable for damages caused by their intoxicated patrons. In Minnesota, these laws are designed to provide a means of recourse for individuals who are injured by the actions of an intoxicated person when the alcohol was provided by a licensed establishment that failed to act responsibly.

How Does Minnesota Define Its Dram Shop Law?

In Minnesota, the dram shop law is codified under Minnesota Statute 340A.801. This statute allows for civil liability on the part of an establishment that illegally sells or serves alcohol. For liability to arise, the establishment must have served alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person or to a minor, and that sale or serving of alcohol then directly causes injury, death or property damage.

The family of an accident victim who died due to a drunk driver’s negligence may also have grounds for a wrongful death claim under Minnesota law.

What Are The Requirements For Filing A Dram Shop Claim In Minnesota?

To file a dram shop claim in Minnesota, the plaintiff must prove that:

  • The defendant is a licensed alcohol vendor who sold or served alcohol to the person causing harm.
  • The alcohol was sold or served to a visibly intoxicated person or a minor.
  • The consumption of alcohol was a direct cause of the injury, death or property damage.

What Types Of Damages Can Be Recovered Under Dram Shop Laws?

Victims of drunk driving accidents can seek compensation for a variety of damages under dram shop laws, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and in some cases, punitive damages. The specific damages available will depend on the details of the case. We encourage you to contact the Minnesota dram shop lawyers at PCG Law to learn more.

Is There A Time Limit For Filing A Dram Shop Claim In Minnesota?

Yes, like other personal injury claims, dram shop claims in Minnesota are subject to a statute of limitations. Generally, a claim must be filed within two years of the injury. However, the specific time limits can vary based on the circumstances, so it’s important to consult with a dram shop lawyer promptly to ensure that your rights are preserved.

Can A Social Host Be Liable Under Minnesota’s Dram Shop Law?

Minnesota’s dram shop law primarily applies to commercial establishments. However, Minnesota law does recognize a form of social host liability under certain circumstances. If a social host knowingly provides alcohol to a minor, and the minor subsequently causes harm as a result of their intoxication, the host can be held liable. This liability does not typically extend to guests who are of legal drinking age, unlike commercial vendors who can be liable for serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated adults.

How Can The Dram Shop Law Attorneys At PCG Law Help?

Navigating a dram shop claim can be complex, involving intricate details about the law, gathering sufficient evidence and demonstrating the link between the alcohol served and the subsequent harm. Our dram shop and personal injury attorneys can help by:

  • Investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Gathering necessary evidence such as witness statements, video surveillance, and expert testimonies
  • Dealing with insurance companies and other attorneys on your behalf
  • Ensuring that all filings are completed within statutory deadlines
  • Advocating for you in court, if necessary, to ensure that you receive fair compensation

Our law firm has extensive experience in Minnesota dram shop claims and is committed to supporting victims in their pursuit of justice. If you believe you have a claim under Minnesota’s dram shop laws, please contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case. We understand the complexities of these cases and are here to help protect your rights and ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable.

Contact A St. Cloud Dram Shop Lawyer For A Free Consultation

We understand that this is a difficult time for you, and our welcoming team is here to help. For a free consultation, please call us in St. Cloud at 320-200-9805 or contact us by email. Our dram shop lawyers represent clients throughout the St. Cloud area.