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To learn more about social host liability and dram shop laws in New York, do not wait to reach out to our firm today. With the help of a skilled New York City personal injury attorney, you can ensure that you will receive the compensation you deserve.

What are New York’s social host liability laws?

In the state of New York, social host liability laws, also known as the “Alcohol Purchase Age Law,” exist to hold a social host responsible for negligent behavior. It is important to recognize that this law is much more restricted than the law that applies to alcohol vendors. With this law, a social host can be held liable to an injured party if the host served alcohol to an underage guest who later caused the injuries. This law does not impose liability on social hosts who serve visibly intoxicated guests who are of legal drinking age.

To learn more about social host laws in New York, do not wait to reach out to Swerling Law today.

What are New York’s dram shop laws?

According to New York’s dram shop laws, an injured party can bring a claim against an alcohol vendor where the vendor illegally supplied alcohol to the person who caused the injuries. In most cases, liability comes up in two kinds of cases:

  • the vendor provides alcohol to someone who’s underage, or
  • the vendor provides alcohol to someone who’s already visibly intoxicated.

Can I recover damages for my injury?

New York has a statute of limitations of generally three years from the date of the accident for a claim for dram shop or social host liability. But, you will need to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney, it is understood that there can be factors that can change the statute of limitations in your case.

You will need to prove that your injuries were a direct result of another’s negligence in order to recover the compensation you need to heal from your injuries. The only way to receive monetary compensation for dram shop and social host claims is only in terms of money damages. You may receive damages for things like compensating an injured party for a number of losses, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

If you were hurt and would like to seek legal action, it is in your best interest to contact one of our experienced New York City personal injury attorneys today.

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If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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