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Dram Shop Claims

Filing a Lawsuit Under the Connecticut Dram Shop Act

The Connecticut Dram Shop Act, Section 30-102 of the Connecticut General Statutes, is an exception to the longstanding common law rule barring — no pun intended — a lawsuit against one who serves alcohol on the rationale that it is the consumption of that alcohol, as opposed to the service, that is the determinative act.   The Dram Shop Act authorizes a lawsuit against any person who sells alcohol to a perceptibly intoxicated person who, as a consequence of that intoxication, harms another.  If you have been injured by an intoxicated person you should contact an attorney experienced in investigating and bringing Dram Shop claims, such as the law firm of Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC, without delay because in order to preserve your right to bring a Dram Shop claim you must serve a notice within 120 days and there are strict requirements about what the notice must say and upon whom it must be served.

Understanding Dram Laws
The word dram is in reference to the amount of liquor sold at gin shops in the 18th century. In its modern connotation, this is a legal term that is used in the civil court system.  The law extends to alcohol that is sold or served at bars, restaurants, liquor stores, clubs or even at social events.  The Connecticut Supreme Court has set forth what an injured party needs to prove in order to recover money damages under the Dram Shop Act, and rest assured that insurance companies who defend these claims understand these requirements so you need a law firm like Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC who does, too.

Taking Legal Action
Not only must notice of the intention to bring an action under the Dram Shop Act be properly given, but the lawsuit must be commenced within one year.  This is one of the shorter statutes of limitation applicable to personal injury cases, and further reason not to delay contacting Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC.