Any establishment in Pennsylvania that serves alcohol is required not to serve alcohol to customers who are obviously already intoxicated. However, many establishments still do, and another patron or a motorist on the road may be hurt by the intoxicated person as a result. In one out-of-state case, a female patron recently sued a bar’s owners, alleging that their over-serving a customer caused her to suffer injuries from another customer.
The woman claimed that the bar owners gave a male customer intoxicating liquors, and this caused the man to batter and attack her. According to the lawsuit, the woman suffered major injuries in different areas of the body after the attack. As a result of the attack she reportedly endured, the woman will allegedly have to pay for surgical, hospital and medical expenses.
The plaintiff asserted that the bar owners did not take reasonable actions to safeguard her against the man’s attacks. The bar owners are also being blamed for not removing violent customers from the bar’s premises and for admitting intoxicated and vicious people to the bar. As part of the lawsuit, the woman is seeking a jury trial and over $50,000 in damages, along with legal costs.
If a bar in Pennsylvania is responsible for over-serving a customer who then harms another individual, this bar may be held liable in civil court for the harm caused to the injured individual. The injured party has the right to file a liability claim, pursuing damages. Financial restitution from a successfully litigated case, based upon a showing of negligence, might include monetary relief, which may help the victim to cover his or her hospital bills, the loss of wages and other expenses related to the over-serving of a customer.