Father files Dram Shop lawsuit following death of son

A Pennsylvania man recently filed such a lawsuit. He is seeking compensation for the death of his son. This lawsuit is a little different from the ones that we usually write about in that the man’s son was actually the intoxicated driver. The 41-year-old’s father sued the casino where his son was drinking before the crash. Under the Dram Shop Act establishments that serve alcohol may be sued if they provided that alcohol to someone who was visibly intoxicated.

According to the lawsuit the man stayed at the casino for more than four hours. During that time he ordered and received several vodka drinks. He received those drinks despite being what was characterized as “visibly intoxicated.” The man and a friend made one other short stop before the fatal crash occurred. They spent between 10 and 15 minutes at another bar. The crash occurred after they left when the man lost control of his car and it flipped over.

The outcome of this lawsuit remains to be seen. If it is successful, in addition to providing the deceased man’s father with compensation for his death, it may also provide a sense of closure and serve as a punishment to the establishment.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Casino sued over drunk driving accident,” July 31, 2014