Can a bar be sued for serving alcohol to a person who later injures or kills him/herself or someone else?

In some cases, yes, a bar can be sued for serving alcohol to someone who gets in a fatal accident. But the circumstances are limited. In Florida, for example, bars can only be held responsible for serving minors or persons known to be “habitually addicted to alcohol.”

It is important to seek legal advice about injuries or death caused by an intoxicated minor or habitual drinker. An attorney can evaluate the claim to identify which parties, including the bar, may be held responsible, and he or she will work to gather evidence of those parties’ liability. In some cases, more than one party can be held responsible for the injuries or deaths, especially if the case involves a minor or habitual drinker.

If you were injured by a drunk driver, please contact Joyce & Reyes for a consultation.

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