Columbia Nightclubs and Dram Shop Liability Attorneys
The safety of you and your family is jeopardized every time someone who is under the influence of alcohol gets behind the wheel. Often, bars and clubs are responsible for over-serving an individual who then drives drunk and injures innocent victims. Nightclubs are notorious for over-serving their patrons, and there are laws in place to hold them accountable for their responsibility when accidents occur. These laws are generally called dram shop acts. South Carolina does not have a specific dram shop statute, but our state does recognize dram shop claims.
If you or a loved one was injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation from the nightclub that over-served them. Goings Law Firm, LLC is here to help you bring a dram shop claim and fight for the justice you deserve. Contact our Columbia nightclub liability lawyers at (803) 350-9230 to discuss your case for free.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
When a drunk driving accident occurs, injuries to innocent victims are often severe and require significant recovery time. Legal proceedings can bring a lot of added stress. You need to spend time recuperating so that you can heal properly, and stress is known to interrupt the recovery process. An experienced attorney will relieve you of the burden associated with a legal claim so that you can focus on what is most important: your health and your family. At Goings Law Firm, LLC, we know how devastating an injury can be, and we will take care of the entire legal process on your behalf.
Injury claims that involve dram shop liability due to over-serving can become complicated quickly. Multiple parties need to be involved, including the driver, the driver’s insurance company, the nightclub that over-served the driver, and the establishment’s insurance company. If the driver stopped at multiple locations during the night, all of those bars and clubs would likely become part of a legal proceeding. An experienced drunk driving attorney knows how to navigate the complications associated with a dram shop act claim, from gathering evidence that led to your accident to tracking down the right parties, giving you the best chances of receiving maximum compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Goings Law Firm, LLC?
At Goings Law Firm, LLC, we are a team of lawyers who have dedicated our careers to helping injured victims. We are experienced in dram shop claims against nightclubs, and we can help you receive compensation for your personal injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
Our team of hard-working attorneys has received multiple awards, most recently being honored by Lawyers Weekly as a 2018 Leader in Law. Goings Law Firm, LLC also belongs to the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and Best Lawyers, to name a few. These accolades are more than just logos to put on our website; they represent the respect we have earned within the legal community by getting successful results for our clients. When you work with us, you will understand why we are trusted as top attorneys in South Carolina and beyond.
About Nightclub Claims
The main reason that nightclubs are especially notorious for over-serving their patrons is that they commonly offer bottle service as a VIP feature. For an outrageously inflated price, a clubgoer receives a semiprivate area to consume an entire bottle of liquor. The patrons pour their “bottle service” drinks for themselves. The nightclub is supposed to monitor the process closely by providing an attendant in the VIP area, but the attendant rarely maintains control of the situation.
In South Carolina, the equivalent of our dram shop act prevents bars and clubs from knowingly serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated patrons. Alcohol service is usually monitored by bartenders who pour a specific amount of alcohol per drink and can observe patrons as they order each drink. However, if a nightclub gives an entire bottle of liquor to a group, they have lost the ability to monitor the patrons’ level of intoxication. This is a dangerous practice, and nightclubs should be held liable for the significant damages that can result from over-service. If this kind of practice could have caused your injuries, Goings Law Firm, LLC is here to help.
Call Goings Law Firm, LLC Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a drunk driving accident, and the at-fault driver may have visited a nightclub, call Goings Law Firm, LLC today at (803) 350-9230 or online. Our dram shop liability attorneys may be able to help you recover financial compensation to pay for your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and more.