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New York City Dram Shop Liability Attorney

Dram Shop Liability Attorney in Manhattan

A tragic reality that many families face throughout New York City is learning that a loved one has been injured or killed because of the actions of a drunk individual. If your life has been impacted as a result of another person’s decision to drink excessively, it is important that you consider your legal options. In an effort to reduce some of the drunk driving accidents in New York City Dram Shop Laws have been put into place. These laws hold bars, restaurants, and other establishments accountable for over-serving an individual who was clearly intoxicated and then went on to cause injury, death or property damage. The personal injury team at Swerling Law is here to help you find justice during this difficult time and can help you hold the establishment accountable for over-serving. To schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team, contact Swerling Law today.

New York Dram Shop Laws

The state of New York has laws in place, known as the Dram Shop Laws, that hold establishments who sell alcohol to patrons, like bars and restaurants, accountable for over-serving customers that cause injuries, death, and/or property damage in an incident upon leaving the establishment. Though it can be challenging, if you are able to prove that an establishment either continued to serve a visibly intoxicated person or a person under the age of 21 who then caused your injury, the death of a loved one, or property damage, you may be able to recover compensation. It is best to speak with your attorney about the possibility of Dram Shop Laws impacting your case.

Types of Dram Shop Cases

There are a few different scenarios where Dram Shop laws in New York can come into effect. These can include when a drunk driver causes someone to become physically injured in an accident, when a drunk driver causes property damage, and when an intoxicated individual causes intentional physical harm to another through assault. Swerling Law has significant experience successfully representing victims who have suffered in these situations.

Recovering Compensation

When an individual is injured in an accident or an attack, they may be able to pursue legal action. A successful personal injury claim will allow the victim to recover compensation, also known as damages, for the burdens they have faced as a result of the accident. Typically, injured parties are able to recover both noneconomic and economic damages. Economic damages can include the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and other financial hardships caused by the accident. Noneconomic damages can include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and emotional distress, among other burdens that were caused by the accident.

Contact a Dram Shop Liability Attorney in NYC

If you were the victim of an accident caused by an intoxicated individual, it is essential to contact a legal team that can fight on your behalf. The legal team at Swerling Law is committed to holding drunk drivers and the establishments that over-served them accountable for their actions and helping clients recover a maximum compensation award. We will explore all options to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact Swerling Law today to schedule a free consultation and speak with an attorney who cares.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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