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Understanding Liquor Liability/Drunk Driver Injuries

“Liquor liability injuries” encompass harm resulting from the consumption of alcohol sold or served by businesses or individuals. Often called “Dram Shop” liability this often involves establishments like bars, restaurants, clubs, or private parties. Oregon’s liquor liability laws hold both licensed establishments and social hosts accountable for the consequences of serving alcohol to individuals causing harm due to intoxication.

Dram Shop Liability: Holding Establishments Accountable

In Oregon, businesses may face Dram Shop liability if they continue to serve alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals. Social host liability applies to private events, making hosts responsible for harm caused by intoxicated guests.

Serving Minors: Legal Implications

Oregon laws hold individuals and businesses liable for serving alcohol to minors. This includes criminal and civil liabilities under ORS 471.410(1)(b) if someone provides alcohol to individuals under 21, Oregon’s legal drinking age.

Our personal injury law firm is uniquely suited to represent seriously injured victims of liquor liability violations, because we staunchly defended these types of injury claims for 50 years.

Why Choose Our Oregon Personal Injury Firm for Liquor Liability/Drunk Driver Accidents?

Defending Insurance Companies for 50 Years

The first rule of a successful negotiation is: Know Your Opponent. In an injury case, your opponents are (1) the insurance industry, and (2) their highly skilled defense law firms.

Fortunately for Spooner Staggs clients, no law firm knows the insurance industry better than we do―we spent 50 years as one of the insurance industry’s top defense firms for their biggest, toughest cases. We’ve walked in their shoes, analyzed thousands of cases for them, and encouraged fair outcomes for thousands of liquor liability/drunk driver-related accidents and injuries.

This rare experience has given us an insider’s knowledge and understanding into how the insurance industry analyzes, evaluates, prices, and settles cases. We’ve walked in their shoes, so we know all their tools, tricks, and techniques. We know the buttons to push and the levers to pull to motivate them to settle cases more quickly and for more money.

With an unparalleled understanding of insurance companies cultivated through years of defending them, we bring a uniquely powerful advantage to those seeking justice after an accident caused by a drunk driver or Dram Shop violation.

Fierce Dram Shop-Injury Trial Lawyers

Boasting a track record of successful jury trials that few Oregon firms can equal, we are relentless advocates for our clients. We are always ready to take cases to trial, ensuring that our seriously injured clients receive genuine justice.

Insider Knowledge

Understanding the mindset of insurance companies is crucial when seeking fair compensation. We possess a nuanced insight into how insurers operate, evaluate cases, and make settlement decisions. This knowledge allows us to strategically leverage that insight to ensure our clients receive the maximum settlement for their liquor liability injuries.

Trial Mastery

In an era where fewer cases proceed to trial, we stand as fierce and effective trial lawyers. With a track record of successful jury trials that few law firms in Oregon can equal, we’re ready to expertly take your Dram Shop case to trial if necessary. Our commitment to real justice for injured victims sets us apart from “paper tiger” lawyers who shy away from the courtroom.

Pursuing Compensation: Navigating Complex Legalities

Individuals suffering liquor liability injuries have the right to seek compensation from responsible parties, such as establishments, intoxicated persons, or social hosts. Statutes like ORS 471.565 and ORS 471.567 empower injured parties to bring civil claims against those serving alcohol negligently.

Seeking Legal Guidance: A Wise Choice

Given the complexity of these cases, seeking guidance from a qualified attorney is advisable. Notice requirements, statute of limitation issues, and other legal intricacies require astute navigation.

Determining Liability: The Key to Just Compensation

In accidents involving liquor liability, determining liability is paramount for seeking compensation. If a business or social host is negligent under ORS 471.565 or ORS 471.567, injured parties can pursue personal injury claims against their insurance companies, covering medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and related costs.

Your Advocates for Justice

With a legacy of defending personal injury claims, including liquor liability cases, our firm is here to leverage our inside knowledge. If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, there may be a claim against the business or social host that served them. Call us to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.