Liquor Liability and Dram Shop Attorneys in Texas

The Pursley Law Firm, as experienced liquor liability lawyers in Texas, would like to help you learn more about Texas Dram Shop laws. If you think you have a liquor liability claim in Texas one of our attorneys will be able to help you determine if you have a case at no cost to you. We have successfully represented dram shop clients in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi, and most of Texas.

Cases involving a liability relating to the careless sale of liquor to minors or already drunk patrons that go on to cause harm or damage are commonly referred to as Dram Shop (or dramshop) cases. In some states, Dram Shop laws have been around for more than a century. In Texas, the Dram Shop laws were last updated in 1995. See Texas Alcoholic beverage code. The liability of the business that served the liquor can often be difficult to prove since there are many other contributing factors when a person causes injury to another person or property damage. The key is proving that the establishment or server(s) knew or should have known that the person being served was intoxicated. However, these laws have been around for a long time to discourage businesses from being irresponsible in this manner, but if certain facts, witnesses, or other factors in an event are present, then a case against a Dram Shop may be plausible. Dram shop laws are not intended to take responsibility away from the intoxicated person; rather they are intended to hold the alcohol-serving establishment responsible as well. Make sure you speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after an incident in order to asses the case with as many accurate details as possible.

It is important to have these laws hold the establishments serving alcohol responsible for not serving to obviously or visibly intoxicated adults or minors. Serving alcohol to a clearly intoxicated person that goes on to cause injury, death, or property damage is something Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is advocating to have Dram Shop laws against in all 50 states in the U.S., not just the 38 states that currently have these laws. In order to hold establishments liable for serving alcohol to minors at all, (which is illegal in all 50 states), these laws may allow a minor to sue the establishment that served them the alcohol if they go on to cause injury or death to themselves or another person. Not all states’ Dram Shop laws allow this, but Texas does.

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