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Florida Dram Shop Lawyer

Drunk driving is extremely dangerous and it can result in serious injuries or even death. Everyone is aware that drinking and driving is against the law, but still some decide to take the risk. Unfortunately, we still have too many drunk drivers on Florida roads as thousands die every year from alcohol-related accidents. If you or your loved one have been injured or killed as a result of a drunk driver, you may potentially have civil claim for damages against the driver. Additionally, in certain cases, the driver is not the only party liable for your accident and injuries. A business that served the drunk driver may also, under certain circumstances, be held responsible. This liability is established in Florida’s “Dram Shop Laws” and here at Workman Injury Law, our Florida Dram Shop Lawyer will help you determine whether you have valid claim against a bar, restaurant, or business who served alcohol to the drunk driver who caused your accident.

Florida’s Dram Shop Law

Forty-two states have enacted some type of dram shop law to allow accident victims to recover compensation from third parties who provided alcohol to the drunk driver. Florida’s dram shop law is much more limited and specific than that of other states. The law states:

“A person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age shall not thereby become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.”

In other words, a Florida bar, restaurant, or business can be held liable for a victim’s damages that a resulted from a drunk driver in two types of cases:

This law, however, does not apply to social hosts such as adult homeowners or parents because the law only applies to commercial entities. Moreover, unlike most states, a Florida bar cannot be held liable for serving alcohol to a patron who is already intoxicated. The bar or restaurant can only be responsible for serving an adult that they knew was “habitually addicted to alcohol.” This is extremely difficult to establish, which is makes it important to hire a Florida injury lawyer as soon as possible after your drunk driving accident.

What Can a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Do for You?

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, there may be multiple at-fault parties liable for your damages. These claims are often more complex than other car accident claims because not only is the driver potentially liable, but also the business establishment who served the drunk driver before the crash. This is why it is extremely important to call a Fort Lauderdale drunk driving accident attorney to determine who caused your accident and establish each defendants’ liability. Our goal at Workman Injury Law is to ensure you get fully compensated for your loss and make your recovery process go as smoothly as possible. We will personally assist you in your personal injury claim and aggressively pursue just compensation for the following:

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At Workman Injury Law, we know how stressful and overwhelming an accident can be on your life. Our job is to fight for you to get the compensation you deserve and help you get back on your feet. We only represent injured individuals and we will be by your side every step of the way.

If you have been injured in an accident, call 954-361-3997 or fill out our online contact form to speak with Florida injury attorney Devon Workman at no cost.

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