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What are liquor liability cases? Are there different types?



The definition of liquor liability cases is very simple. These cases arise out of accidents caused by someone who is either served too much alcohol after being visibly intoxicated or a minor being provided alcohol.

There are two types of liquor liability cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the court handles these cases very differently.  The first type is called social host liability. Put simply, that is when a private individual provides alcohol to a person and that person becomes intoxicated.  Thereafter, the intoxicated person injures another individual in an accident, i.e., a car accident or a fight.

The second type is a dram shop case, which occurs when a bar or a restaurant serves alcohol to someone after they are visibly intoxicated.  Thereafter, the person hurts another individual in an accident.  Again, it can be a car accident, a fight or another situation where a third party is hurt.

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If you were injured in a car accident, a fight or another situation where the person at fault was intoxicated and you want to know whether you have a liquor liability case, feel free to contact me or our Philadelphia, PA and NJ personal injury lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a no-cost, no-obligation consultation on your case - 877-944-8396.

Published on 6/11/12

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