Illinois Dramshop Litigation Attorneys

The number of drunk driving accidents remains excessively high in Illinois — and many of these serious and fatal collisions are traceable back to bars and restaurants. Too often, alcohol establishments serve intoxicated patrons when they should cut them off.

That's why the state enacted strict dramshop laws that can hold greedy bar owners accountable for their actions. At The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., we are proud of our reputation as being determined lawyers for the injured who will fight to get you the full, fair compensation you deserve.

How Does The Illinois Dramshop Law Work?

The term "dramshop" dates back to the 18 th century when the English sold gin by the spoonful. In Illinois, the law pertaining to injuries from alcohol-related businesses is called the "Liquor Control Act." The act provides that commercial ventures such as bars, restaurants and others that serve alcohol can be held liable for injuries resulting from intoxicated patrons.

One of the unique things about the Illinois dramshop law is that it removes the business' defense that a patron was already drunk. Another element that is uncommon is that an Illinois establishment can be held liable if a drunk driver causes an accident after crossing state lines. As long as the business sold the liquor that caused the intoxication, a dramshop action can be brought.

Proving Fault In Dramshop Lawsuits

Holding dramshop establishments accountable can be an uphill battle in many cases. Bartenders and servers may claim several common defenses. They may say the drunk driver declined to eat food with their drinks or that the person must have continued to drink after they left. Some even claim the person must have a low tolerance for alcohol because they were served only one or two drinks.

Some of the key ways to prove the establishment was at fault is to demonstrate the following:

  • Proof of total alcohol purchases
  • Documentation of the injuries suffered by the customer
  • Draw a connection between alcohol purchases and intoxication
  • Demonstrate that intoxication is one of the injury causes

The injuries and fatalities caused by greedy dramshops that overserve customers are preventable. If you or a loved one has suffered a loss due to an intoxicated patron, contact The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., in Peoria by calling 800-409-1615 or sending us an email online. Our experienced attorneys can help you take proactive measures to get you the compensation you deserve.