Dram Shop Liability Attorneys in Houston
The Houston dram shop lawyers at the Baumgartner Law Firm have three decades experience in handling high-profile serious injury and wrongful death dram shop cases. We have won verdicts or settlements in high profile liquor liability cases in Dallas, Austin, Houston and elsewhere across the state of Texas.
Have You Been Injured by a Drunk Driver?
Have you been hit by a drunk driver? Sustained injuries and had to have medical treatment? Perhaps admitted to the hospital and wondering who is going to pay all of these bills? This is a common occurrence in the state of Texas. Unfortunately, many times the driver who was drunk at the time of the automobile accident has a minimum policy that does not come close to covering the victim’s damages. Fortunately, if the drunk driver was overserved at the bar there is a possibility that the bar may have liquor liability insurance. Cases against bars for clubs over-serving their patrons are not easy cases in Texas.
Nevertheless, at the Baumgartner Law Firm, we have been extremely successful in obtaining compensation for our clients over the years. An initial investigation after a severe injury accident is always needed to determine if a lawsuit or case against the bar or club can be pursued.
Drunk Driving Accidents
The vast majority of the dram shop cases stem from a drunk driving accident. In Texas, liquor liability cases are governed by the Texas Dram Shop Act, Section 2 of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, as amended, which Act allows families who have lost a loved one and personal injury victims to bring lawsuits against commercial alcohol providers who may be responsible for a drunk driving accident. Hiring an experienced dram shop lawyer as soon as possible after an accident is a good first step toward justice.
Bars and Clubs May Be Liable
Generally, the burden of proof falls upon the plaintiff to prove that at the time the alcohol was provided to the drunk driver, that the individual was obviously intoxicated such that he or she was a danger to themselves or others. Additionally, the plaintiff must prove that the over-serving of alcohol was a cause of the damages complained of by the plaintiff. An early investigation by an experienced dram shop lawyer who knows the liquor liability laws in Texas is essential to protect the victim’s rights.
Importance of Early Investigation
It is often very important that a dram shop attorney the hired as soon as possible after the drunk driving auto accident so that a full investigation can be instigated as soon as possible. There are certain safe harbor defenses available to the bar or club and it is important that the attorney for the family started an investigation as soon as practicable after the accident. As the condition of the over-served patron can be a big issue in the lawsuit, the earlier the investigation begins more likely a successful conclusion. Thus, eyewitnesses can be extremely important in a typical dram shop case.
Our law firm is experienced in handling cases against bars and clubs who have over-served a customer who later had an accident injuring them or others. When you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident involving serious injuries or the wrongful death loss of a family member, often the drunk driver has an adequate liability insurance to cover the damages. The ability to bring a bar or a club to court to answer for their responsibility in over serving the patron is sometimes the only civil justice available in many serious injuries or wrongful death accidents.
Call Experienced Houston Dram Shop Lawyers
Call us for a no-obligation consultation and learn your rights and options. (281) 587-1111.