Did my lawyer commit dram shop notice malpractice?
Far too many folks are injured as a result of drunk drivers. Many of these drivers are visibily intoxicated when they are being served alchohol at a bar. In that case a person may be able to recover money for harms and losses against both the bar and the driver. This is known as a dram shop claim.
A person must to file a notice of a dram shop claim within 120 days of the date of the injury.
Notice must be given within a 180 days if the person is dead or incapacitated.
Failing to file notice means a claim cannot be made against a dram shop for damages.
If notice is properly filed then a person has one year from the date of an injury to bring a claim.
In an initial consultation, an attorney must make inquiry into whether or not a dram shop claim exists. If an attorney fails to do so or does and fails to file notice to a bar and you are harmed as a result, you are likely the victim of legal malpractice. Your lawyer may have cost you up to $250,000 in recovery (the statutory limit on a dram shop claim).
In order to protect your rights, you should immediately speak with a Connecticut Legal Malpractice attorney.
Know your dram shop law legal malpractice rights.
At McKeen Law Firm, LLC we are presently handling such a case. We can help. Call Attorney Ryan McKeen at (860) 471-8333 for a free consultation.