Portland Dram Shop Claims Lawyer
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drunk driving claimed the lives of 1,176 people in Oregon from 2009 to 2018. In an effort to combat these needless accidents, many states (including Oregon) have implemented what is known as “Dram Shop” laws. These laws are intended to prevent liquor-licensed establishments from overserving alcohol.
In Portland, any bar or liquor seller can be at fault for damages caused by a buyer who clearly should not have been served alcohol in the first place. If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury because of a drunk driver, contact a Rizk Law dram shop claims attorney as soon as possible.
What Portland Drunk Driving Accident Victims Should Know About Oregon Dram Shop Claims
Under Oregon’s Dram Shop Law, a bartender or salesperson who serves or sells alcohol to anyone who appears to be incapacitated could be held partially responsible for any damages caused by the customer in a car accident.
In Portland, a dram shop could be a:
- Liquor store
- Private club
- Grocery store
- Convenience store
- Entertainment venue
- Wedding venue
Oregon’s dram shop law also applies to private individuals who provide alcohol to their guests. In other words, if the drunk driver who caused your accident was leaving a house party, the homeowners could be held at least partially responsible for your damages.
For a dram shop claim to be valid in Portland, the establishment must have served alcohol to:
- The drunk person when they were “visibly intoxicated”
- A person who is obviously under the age of 21
The person who was injured must also have not contributed to the intoxication of the drunk person.
Damages You Could Recover with a Portland Dram Shop Claim
Damages resulting from claims related to an alcohol-related accident are expressed in the form of financial compensation. Dram shop injury claimants may be able to recover compensation for damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Funeral costs
- Reconstructive surgery
- In-home rehabilitation
- Rental car costs
- Motor vehicle repairs
- Ambulance ride
- Change in lifestyle
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Since continuing to serve an intoxicated person alcohol is considered gross negligence, Oregon’s Liquor Liability Law also allows personal injury victims to claim punitive damages. Awards for punitive damages are intended to punish the negligent party and prevent similar actions in the future.
Injured in a Drunk Driving Crash? Contact a Portland Dram Shop Claims Attorney Today
Oregon liquor liability claims are more complex than personal injury claims because they have additional requirements and exceptions. Suppose you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a drunk driver because of negligent overservice of alcohol. In that case, it is imperative that you partner with a personal injury attorney who has experience with Portland dram shop claims.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer who knows how to navigate dram shop claims can make all of the difference in whether you will recover financially for your injuries or be left uncompensated for your losses. Rizk Law dram shop lawyers will work diligently to help you recover compensation for your injuries from all of the responsible parties.
Our main goal is to help the victims of drunk driving accidents achieve justice and restore their lives in Portland. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options with a Portland dram shop claims lawyer today, call (503) 245-5677 or submit a completed contact form. When you partner with a Rizk Law attorney, you pay nothing upfront and will not owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you.