Skinner Law Firm serves as a strong advocate for drunk-driver victims. Civil lawsuits brought by victims are about getting fair compensation for injuries and holding the negligent parties responsible for their actions. Skinner Law Firm helps victims of drunk drivers receive compensation for medical costs, lost earnings, and property damage, as well as the pain and suffering that results from injuries or death.
It is beyond devastating when a person is injured or dies because of a drunk driver — the sorrow and suffering after an injury or death can be overwhelming. It is a bad time for victims and their loved ones to attempt to handle claims by themselves; victims need strong advocates. The attorneys of Skinner Law Firm will work with all the relevant parties, including insurance companies, law enforcement, and medical providers, to seek full, fair, and just compensation for our client’s injuries.
Drunk Drivers and Dram Shop Law
The law in West Virginia and many other states is that alcohol-serving establishments like bars, night clubs, and restaurants can be held responsible for serving alcohol to a patron who is visibly intoxicated. If a patron is drunk, the bar cannot keep serving alcohol to that person. The reason that a bar can be held responsible for serving someone who is already visibly intoxicated is obvious: that intoxicated patron could get behind the wheel, drive drunk, and endanger everybody else on the road.
In these types of cases, Skinner Law Firm will investigate police records, public records, and business or other documents. We will depose (interview under oath) potential witnesses, including employees of alcohol-serving establishments, to see if they were involved and if facts exist to prove the establishment acted negligently.
These types of lawsuits serve not only to right the wrongs done to victims and their families, but also to send a clear message to these establishments that they need to adopt responsible alcohol service policies — they must properly train their employees on how to serve alcohol responsibly. Such policies and training are readily available at little to no cost. After adopting such policies, alcohol-serving establishments should check that their employees are following the rules. Good policy and training will help keep everyone safer on our roadways.
Attorney Andrew Skinner leads Skinner Law Firm’s Drunk Driver Victim Practice.