This is the final post in a series of articles discussing common issues that arise in liquor liability, or “dram shop” cases, in Fort Worth, Texas. Our previous post focused on the importance of retaining a law firm with adequate financial and professional resources to assist in dram shop cases. Holding a bar, restaurant, or other liquor providing establishment responsible for one’s injuries can be complicated and require a law firm to incur significant up front expenses on their client’s behalf. Retaining a firm without the resources to sufficiently support a case can have a negative impact on the ultimate result. If you have been injured in a DUI accident or another alcohol-related incident, contact an attorney as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights.
The series discussed the following:
- Dealing with pre-trial motions in a dram shop liability case
- Calculating damages in dram shop liability cases
- How the theory of comparative fault may impact a dram shop case
- The importance of hiring a firm with adequate resources to handle a dram shop case
As we have discussed throughout this series, if an establishment that serves alcohol knowingly overserves an intoxicated patron, it may be possible to hold the establishment liable for injuries caused by the patron in some situations. Dram shop cases can involve complex facts and legal theories and it is important to have an understanding of the following common themes before initiating legal action. First, pre-trial motions play an important role in most types of litigation. They can be used to seek dismissal of a case, obtain rulings on the admissibility of evidence, and more. Experienced counsel will understand how to use these motions to their client’s advantage and to oppose defense counsel’s motions effectively. Second, depending upon the nature of the victim’s injuries, estimating a victim’s damages can be difficult. Understanding the long-term impact and medical prognosis before accepting a settlement offer is necessary to ensure a full recovery of damage. Third, comparative fault can be a complicated theory in personal injury cases. This is particularly true in liquor liability cases and may have a significant impact on a victim’s compensation. Finally, when a case involves a catastrophic personal injury, it is imperative to retain a law firm with the financial resources to support expensive litigation and dedicate the appropriate staff to handle your case.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an alcohol-related accident, we recommend contacting legal counsel as soon as possible. Doing so will allow the law firm to conduct a thorough investigation, preserve key evidence, and handle insurance adjuster calls on your behalf. In addition, we suggest locating a firm with multiple attorneys who are Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This advice is true whether the accident occurred in Fort Worth, Dallas, or other areas of Texas.