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Liquor Liability

Massachusetts has a vast array of bars and other places to go get a drink with friends. Liquor stores and bars are abundant in the Commonwealth and serve a plethora of people. Social drinking is a common pastime around here, and many people find it to be a great way to spend time with friends. However, many people get in their cars and drive when they've had too much to drink. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a dangerous and serious crime, which can cause injuries that are catastrophic and often deadly. In addition to drunk driving, intoxicated persons can cause numerous other injuries when they have been irresponsibly over-served. Victims of drunk driving or who have sustained other injuries by intoxicated persons may be entitled to compensation to recover lost wages and to pay their medical care and rehabilitative fees. Additionally, loved ones of victims who die as a result of injuries caused by a drunk driver may be entitled to recover compensation in a wrongful death suit.

In Massachusetts, liquor liability, often referred to as "dram shop liability" can apply to any place that serves alcoholic beverages. Liability can imposed upon bars, nightclubs, restaurants, liquor stores, and even individuals serving alcohol to their guests in a private residence. Proprietors and social hosts have a duty to not serve or sell alcohol to persons who are already visibly intoxicated. If they serve a visibly intoxicated person more alcohol, and that person then injures or kills someone, or themselves, they may be subject to liability. Whether this drunk person causes a car accident or injures someone in a fight or through other reckless action, the person who over-served the intoxicated individual may be required to compensate the injured party or their family for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering or other damages.

In order to prove a liquor liability claim in Massachusetts, a person must establish that the server knew or should have known that the person served was drunk. To prove that the person was drunk, blood tests and breathalyzer results can be used. Witness statements and depositions are a very important part of these claims, as well. Bartender and wait staff training, as well as the establishment's operating procedures, are also important. Contacting an attorney as soon as you are injured by a drunk driver is the best way to ensure that these crucial pieces of evidence are collected.

Massachusetts liquor liability Attorney Cappetta is clients-focused attorney who can help you get what you are owed for your injuries. Attorney Cappetta is available to discuss your situation at a free consultation. He works hard to get you what you deserve. Attorney Cappetta is responsive to his client's needs and questions. Attorney Cappetta will negotiate on your behalf to reach a desirable settlement and is not afraid to advocate on your behalf in trial. Contact liquor liability Attorney Cappetta today if you or a loved one has been injured by an intoxicated person.