Illinois and Missouri Dram Shop Attorneys
Businesses that serve alcohol such as bars, nightclubs, and restaurants have a legal responsibility to stop serving a customer before that person becomes overly intoxicated. Both Illinois and Missouri have Dram Shop Acts. Dram Shop Acts provide a legal remedy for the public who may be put at an increased risk when a business puts profits ahead of its patrons and sells excessive amounts of alcohol to an individual. Click here to read more about Illinois and Missouri Dram Shop claims in our blog.
Dram Shop and Bar Liability Attorneys Representing Clients in Belleville, Edwardsville, and St. Louis
Bars and restaurants who over-serve alcohol create a dangerous situation for for the person who has had too much to drink but, also, for anyone else they may encounter. The consequences can be particularly devastating when the that person gets behind a wheel of a car. In the United States, nearly one third of traffic accident fatalities can be attributed to drunk driving.
Besides the impact that alcohol can have on a person’s ability to drive a vehicle, alcohol can also magnify health issues or create a dangerous situation when combined with prescription or over-the-counter medications. Excessive drinking or binging can result in alcohol poisoning or death. One reason that binge drinking is so dangerous is because blood alcohol levels can continue to rise even after a person has stopped drinking. The alcohol in the stomach and intestines is passed into the bloodstream and circulates throughout the body and can slow a person’s heart rate and breathing to deadly levels.
When a business fails to recognize when a customer has had too much to drink or fails to stop serving alcohol to a person who is clearly intoxicated, the potential for serious injury is high.
Experienced Trial Lawyers Holding Bars and Restaurants
Liable For Their Negligence
If you or someone you know has been injured by someone who may have been over-served, you could have a case against the intoxicated individual and the alcohol provider. You should contact an experienced trial lawyer who handles dram shop cases in order to help you determine if you have a claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent bar or restaurant owner in Illinois or Missouri, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Hipskind & McAninch for a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss the case and your options. We understand that you may need assistance beyond the usual 9 to 5 business hours, which is why we ask that you call whenever you need legal assistance at either 618.641-9189 (IL) or 314-312-2930 (MO). We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We work on a contingency fee basis so we don’t get paid until you do.