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Liquor Liability

Complex Cases Involving New Jersey Liquor Liability Laws

Experienced attorneys recover compensation for alcohol-related accidents and violence

Responsible consumption of liquor is a source of celebration, fun and social engagement. Unfortunately, individuals who drink too much alcohol and the bars that carelessly serve them put your life at risk.

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC helps victims recover for deaths or injuries caused by intoxicated individuals and the drinking establishments and hosts who served them. During our more than 60 years of experience, our lawyers have witnessed the many changes in the laws and attitudes related to irresponsible consumption of alcohol. We help you and your family reach the maximum compensation possible through a liquor liability settlement or trial.

NJ DWI statistics

In May 2012, the New Jersey Law Revision Commission created the Tentative Report Relating to Driving While Intoxicated to study the effectiveness of N.J.S. Title 39 pertaining to drunk driving and to make recommendations for revising the statutes. In fulfilling its duty, the Commission reviewed data from various state and federal agencies and nonprofit groups. The Commission noted in its report that of the 556 people killed in automobile crashes in 2010, 36.5 percent were alcohol-related. These statistics include passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists killed by drunk drivers. During the same year, almost 25,000 drivers were convicted of DWI. These statistics highlight the dangers you encounter on New Jersey’s roadways every time you drive your car.

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC holds these negligent drivers accountable for the DWI accident that injured you or killed your loved one. If the drunk driver’s insurance policy does not provide sufficient compensation, we seek a personal judgment against the driver and consider third-party negligence claims.

Dram shop and social hosts laws in New Jersey

New Jersey’s dram shop laws hold drinking establishments responsible for accidents resulting from over-service of alcoholic beverages. Our team thoroughly investigates your auto accident to determine whether a bar or club contributed by over-serving its patrons. You may even have a cause of action if you were charged with a DWI. Under NJ statutes, a minor can sue a bar to recover for injuries suffered while intoxicated. In addition, the dram shop laws extend to an adult drunk driver who sustained injuries because of over-service. A minor can also sue a social host who supplied alcohol for injuries incurred in a DUI crash.

Violence in bars and clubs

Commercial establishments are responsible for providing adequate security to protect their guests. This is particularly important in bars and clubs where patrons may be imbibing large quantities of alcohol. You may have a cause of action if you were attacked inside a drinking establishment or its parking lot.

Consult our lawyers about liquor liability in New Jersey

For more information about recovering compensation for the injuries you sustained in a DWI accident or bar attack, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 973-366-3900 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. We proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey, with offices in Elmwood Park, Dover, Mendham and Newton.

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS
  • In 2018, we settled or won, at arbitration/mediation/trial, just over 100 personal injury cases. In total, our clients recovered just under 9 million dollars. In the last 5 years, we have settled/won over 600 personal injury cases and our clients have recovered almost 50 million dollars.
  • In the last 5 years, our firm has resolved over 300 workers compensation cases for in excess of 3 million dollars. During that same time period, our social security clients have prevailed in almost 85% of their appeals.
  • Results may vary depeding on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Our Offices
  • Dover Office
    77 Union Street, Suite 2A
    Corner of Rt. 46 and Union Street
    Dover, New Jersey 07801
    Phone: 973-366-3900
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Newton Office
    93 Spring Street
    Suite 406
    Newton, New Jersey 07860
    Phone: 973-512-2207
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Elmwood Park Office
    One Broadway
    Suite 302
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 201-794-3131
    Fax: 201-794-0812
  • Mendham Office
    5 Cold Hill Road South
    Suite 26
    Mendham, New Jersey 07945
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360