What Is Dram Shop Liability In Colorado?
There are a number of things to consider if you have been injured by a drunk driver or a visibly intoxicated person who has been served alcohol at a bar or restaurant. You have legal options to obtain compensation for your injuries, but only under certain circumstances:
- You must prove that the drunk person acted negligently or recklessly and that his or her negligent or reckless actions caused your injury.
- You must prove the value of your injury and resulting losses.
- You must prove that the drunk person was under 21 years old or “visibly intoxicated” (identifiably drunk by a reasonable person) and that the establishment knowingly provided alcohol to the person.
- You must bring a civil action legal claim within one year of the incident.
Any adult who knowingly provides alcohol to a person under 21 years old, regardless of where or how the alcohol was provided, can be liable for injuries caused to others.
Trying to pursue such a civil action on your own or with an inexperienced attorney is ill-advised. There is a high burden of proof in dram shop liability cases, for which the representation of an attorney with extensive experience is crucial.
At Flesch & Beck Law, we handle all legal costs for our clients upfront. We collect attorney fees only if we secure a settlement or successful verdict in your case.
Securing The Compensation You Deserve For Injuries And Losses
Evidence of dram shop or bar liability requires analysis of any police report, blood alcohol level test results and the scene of the incident. It requires witness testimony and possibly receipts from the patron and seller.
Proving your damages requires evidence of negligence and establishing the value of your injuries and losses in full, collaborating with medical experts, vocational experts and life planning experts, as necessary.
Our lawyers will independently investigate and handle all legal aspects of your claim, including all communications with insurance companies and other opposing parties. We will keep you informed throughout the legal process and will even help you find the best available medical care for your injuries and recovery.
Get Personalized, Proactive Representation
Call Flesch & Beck Law at 720-689-0322 or email us to schedule a free consultation with an attorney. Our team brings 20 years of experience in the Colorado Front Range and throughout Metro Denver to maximize the value of your claim and secure full compensation on your behalf.