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Dram Shop Laws

This was featured as part of our Monday segment on Charleston’s 105.5 The Bridge. You can catch us every other Monday morning at 8:15 am ET for the latest law tips and legal news.

The Dram Shop was once a selling ground for spirits, but now the Dram Shop liability refers to the body of law governing the liability of a tavern, a liquor store, or any other commercial establishment that serves alcoholic beverages. Essentially, the Dram Shop Law is a set of rules requiring all businesses that sell/serve alcohol that their host or servers are liable if the drinker they are selling to is intoxicated, close to intoxication, and/or gets injured.

At The John Price Law Firm, we are experienced in assisting such cases to determine if you were overserved and will do our best to get the justice you deserve. Our services also extend to help victims of drunk drivers or boaters who have been injured in alcohol-related accidents.

While the state of South Carolina doesn’t have specific Dram Shop Laws, they do recognize the over-serving of alcohol and how that relates to accidents. The positive being South Carolina does believe that victims who have been over-served have the full right to recovery. A recent development has been a law that requires a bar to carry liability insurance for any such events.

We are firm believers that if you are going to sell or serve alcohol that your staff/employees/bartenders should be completely trained to identify and know if someone is intoxicated and how to further handle the situation if they are.

If you or someone you know has been in an alcohol-related incident recently, please contact us through our website or call us at (843) 552-6011 today!