CLIFF BIDLINGMAIER AND MEL KARDOS SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVE MULTIPLE DRAM SHOP MATTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY
This year Cliff Bidlingmaier and Mel Kardos successfully resolved three alcohol-related accidents, also known as dram shop cases, for a combined recovery in excess of 2 million dollars. Dram shop is a legal term of art which makes a business that sells alcoholic beverages to an individual who is visibly intoxicated liable to anyone injured by the drunken patron.
Two of the cases were in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the other case was located in Mercer County, New Jersey. The first Bucks County case involved the over-serving of an already visibly intoxicated patron who was subsequently involved in a car accident. In this car accident, the passenger sustained significant injuries. The second case in Bucks County involved the over-serving of a visibly intoxicated patron, who then left the establishment and was struck by a car. Finally, the Mercer County matter involved the sale of alcohol to a visibly intoxicated patron who left the establishment and caused an accident with an individual who sustained serious and permanent injuries.
These three cases all involve the over serving of alcohol to visibly intoxicated patrons of businesses by the business or their employees. That is the traditional dram shop act. Being served while visibly intoxicated is required to establish liability against the bar, tavern or restaurant, which can be established through numerous factors including: the individuals, blood alcohol content (BAC); witness testimony, video evidence and expert testimony of a toxicologist.
Cliff Bidlingmaier and Mel Kardos have worked together to get their clients fair compensation for the injuries they suffered due someone else’s irresponsible selling and consumption of alcohol by using the dram shop laws Pennsylvania and New Jersey enacted.