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What is Minnesota’s Dram Shop Law?

Posted on 09/16/2014Back

The Minneapolis accident lawyers at GoldenbergLaw have helped many people throughout the state of Minnesota who have been hurt in accidents caused by drunk drivers. One avenue of compensation for innocent victims is Minnesota’s Dram Shop Act.

Under Minnesota’s Dram Shop Law, a bar, liquor store or other establishments can be held liable for the actions of an intoxicated person they served, provided:

  • It can be proven that the establishment sold liquor illegally (this usually means selling to a minor an obviously intoxicated patron);
  • The illegal sale played a role in the patron’s intoxication;
  • That intoxication caused your personal injury; and
  • You suffered damages that are recoverable under the Dram Shop Law.

Dram shop laws tend to be complicated, which is why it’s important to speak to our Minneapolis accident lawyers. We can help you determine if you have a claim under Minnesota’s law.

Liability can also be established under the theory of “social host liability.” This theory may apply when an individual person provides alcohol to a minor. These cases must be investigated as soon as possible to preserve the evidence necessary to succeed with these claims.

More detailed information about Minnesota’s dram shop act can be found in this law review article or by reviewing the text of the law here.

If you have questions about Minnesota’s dram shop law, speak to our Minneapolis accident lawyers. We help people throughout the state pursue justice and compensation for their injuries. Please contact GoldenbergLaw today for a free consultation.

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