Liquor Liability And Dram Shop Laws
Countless lives are shattered every year when taverns, bars or other establishments overserve alcohol to their customers and then do nothing to make sure they don’t get into a car and drive.
The attorneys at Towe & Fitzpatrick, PLLC have successfully handled many cases on behalf of people who have been injured and the families of people who have been killed by overserved customers.
Under Montana’s Dram Shop Act, an establishment or person who furnishes a customer with an alcoholic beverage can be held financially liable for injury or death when the consumer is a minor, is visibly intoxicated or is forced, coerced or tricked into drinking alcohol.
There are unusual time limits in liquor liability cases. Under Montana law, a Liquor Liability Dram Shop Act personal injury case may be barred if the establishment or person who furnished alcohol is not given notice of the intent to file a claim within 180 days from the date of sale or service. There may be ways around this, so if you have a potential case and a notice was not given, you should still consult with an attorney at Towe & Fitzpatrick, PLLC.
There is also a shorter two‑year statute of limitations for bringing a Liquor Liability Dram Shop Act personal injury claim. Personal injury claims based on negligence or carelessness generally have a three year statute of limitations.
Contact Our Montana Alcohol Injury Attorneys
Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Missoula liquor liability attorneys. Contact us at 406-203-5148. We will make appointments to meet your convenience. All personal injury matters are handled on a contingent fee (no win, no fee) basis.