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Philadelphia Dram Shop Attorney

Representing Those Who Have Been Injured By A Drunk Driver Involved Accident in Allentown

In 2012, one person died in an alcohol-impaired driving crash every 51 minutes. If a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one, you have options in terms of seeking redress. Under Pennsylvania’s Dram Shop laws, you may be able to seek compensation from individuals and establishments who served the driver who caused your car accident. For many years, The Philadelphia dram shop attorneys of van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim have been a valuable resource for Pennsylvania and New Jersey families. Duty-bound to seek accountability for our clients, Attorney van der Veen has dedicated his life to helping the injured. Our team of outstanding personal injury attorneys navigates you through this complicated area of law, giving you the strength you need when you need it most.

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Who is Liable For Injuries Sustained in a Drunk-Driving Accident?

Many people understand that when a drunk driver causes physical injury, he or she may be civilly liable in Pennsylvania. It is less commonly known that the state has expansive liquor liability laws. The individuals and establishments that served a drunk driver may also be held liable for injuries resulting from an accident. Known as Dram Shop laws, these regulations prohibit restaurants, bars, and hosts at private functions from serving a visibly intoxicated person. Additionally, owners and managers may be liable for the actions of employees who served the intoxicated individual.

Have you been injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver? Call van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim today at (215) 486-0123 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our dram shop attorneys in Philadelphia.

How To Have A Successful Dram Shop Case

Mounting a successful case against the individuals and establishments that served an intoxicated person is not as simple as it may sound at the outset. In order to be successful, you must prove the following:

  • Visible intoxication—In order to establish liability, you must show that the drunk driver was visibly intoxicated. Pennsylvania courts provide guidance on this point, focusing on the outward signs of intoxication, such as slurred speech and difficulty walking.
  • Link between service and resulting injuries—It is not enough for an individual or establishment to have served alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person. The act of over-serving must be shown to have led to the injuries that you suffered in the resulting accident.

The state’s Dram Shop provisions are set forth in both state laws and court rulings. In order to adroitly navigate these personal injury disputes, a Dram Shop attorney must constantly be apprised of developments in the law. Attorney van der Veen’s rare and exceptional experience handling Dram Shop cases translates into outstanding results for clients. In one case, he recovered $1.35 million from defendants that served the drunk driver who shattered the client’s life. Through unwavering commitment and steadfast determination, we fight for favorable results and win.

Holding The Establishment Liable Instead Of The Drunk Driver

A Dram Shop case is often pursued in addition to a lawsuit against the drunk driver. It makes sense to seek recovery from the establishment that served the drunk driver for two primary reasons.

  • First, owners and managers have a legal duty to serve alcohol responsibly, and when they fail to do so, it is important to hold them accountable.
  • Second, it is not uncommon for the individual who caused your injuries to be unable to adequately compensate you. Medical care and treatment following a drunk-driving accident can be extensive and expensive.

If you are facing mounting medical bills, it is important to seek a settlement that best positions you to get back on your feet. Our Philadelphia Dram Shop attorneys ensure you are able to do just that. Achieving sizable settlements on behalf of injured clients, however, is only half of our approach. At all stages of our work together, we build up your weaknesses to make them strengths. We ensure that you are strong in all areas of your life so that you can emerge from your legal case standing on both feet.

Contact Our Dram Shop Attorneys Today

In the aftermath of a collision involving a drunk driver, the avenues for justice extend beyond the individual at the wheel. Our adept Pennsylvania dram shop attorneys are committed to a comprehensive pursuit of your rightful compensation from all accountable parties. We invite you to view our Dram Shop Overview Video for a detailed exposition of how these laws may impact your case. For a personalized discussion of your legal options, contact van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim for a free initial consultation, where you can meet directly with attorney van der Veen or a dedicated member of our Philadelphia dram shop legal team.

Contact van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim today to get started with our Philadelphia dram shops lawyer.

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  • Unrivaled Record of SuccessWe have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too BigOur firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized RepresentationWe understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client.
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  • Holistic ApproachNot only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the CommunityOur team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.

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Home to Philadelphia’s most accomplished attorneys, van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim pairs diverse practice experience with a passion-driven, comprehensive law practice—all for the client’s benefit.

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