Under the New Jersey Licensed Alcoholic Beverage Server Fair Liability Act, also known as the Dram Shop Act, anyone who suffers or property damage from the negligent service of alcohol by a licensed alcoholic beverage server could be entitled to recover damages. The plaintiff must prove that:
- The server was negligent, meaning that he/she served a visibly intoxicated person or a minor.
- The injury or damage was proximately caused by the negligent service of alcohol.
- The injury or damage was a foreseeable consequence of the negligent service of alcohol. A foreseeable consequence could include a car accident, tripping and falling, or getting into a fight.
Each Dram Shop case has a unique set of facts. For example, in Halvorsen v. Villamil, the plaintiff was able to prove negligent service of alcohol without any eyewitness testimony of the patron’s behavior at the bar and through circumstantial evidence alone. At the Bronzino Law Firm, we understand the complexities of the Dram Shop Act. We will evaluate your specific case to identify whether you have a valid claim and help you get the compensation you deserve.
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