Can you Sue a Bar for Personal Injury Caused by an Intoxicated Customer of the Bar?
Under Missouri statute 537.053, known as the “Dram Shop Law”, the injured party must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the bar establishment knew or should have known that the person they served alcohol was either under 21 or knowingly served liquor to a visibly intoxicated person. The statute defines “visibly intoxicated” as …”when inebriated to such an extent that the impairment is shown by significantly uncoordinated physical action or significant physical dysfunction…”
An experienced personal injury attorney will analyze the specific facts of the case to determine whether liability can be imputed to the bar establishment under Missouri’s Dram Shop law. It should be noted that the law creates liability only for those who are licensed to sell intoxicating liquor that is consumed on the premises. For this reason, retailers like grocery stores, liquor stores, and gas stations are exempt from liability.
If you have been injured by an intoxicated person. Contact us and our experience attorneys can determine the best course of action.