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Under Texas Dram Shop Law, It's Possible to Sue Basketball Arenas for Over-Serving Alcohol

When basketball fans get together at a game to watch their favorite teams compete, alcohol is often part of the fun. This is mostly harmless fun, unless the arena is over-serving patrons to the point that they become a danger to themselves or those around them. When this happens and someone is injured as a direct result of the over-service of alcohol, under Texas law, you have a dram shop case.

In this article, Texas dram shop attorney Michael Grossman explains how to sue a basketball arena for the over-service of alcohol and gives scenarios we often see involving dram shop law.


Questions Answered on This Page:

  • Can you sue a basketball arena for over-serving a patron if they cause an accident?
  • Is the basketball arena responsible if an intoxicated fan injures them self or someone else?

What Texas law says about intoxicated basketball fans injuring themselves or others as a result of the over-service of alcohol.

In any dram shop case, the objective is to prove that the establishment served a patron to the point that they presented an obviuos danger to them self and others. If a dram shop case can show this, then the establishment has broken the law and negligently over-served that patron.

There are two categories of dram shop cases in Texas. These include third-party dram shop cases and first-party dram shop claim. Third party cases are when an intoxicated person injures someone else. For example, striking another car while driving drunk or being assaulted by someone at a bar.

First party cases are when an intoxicated person injured them self. This would include scenarios like an intoxicated person suffering alcohol poisoning or wandering out into traffic after leaving a bar.

Give Grossman Law Offices a Call:

The attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have over 25 years of experience handling dram shop cases in the state of Texas. We've handled literally thousands of personal injury claims, and we're confident that we can answer whatever questions you may have regarding your possible claim. Give us a call today at: (855) 326-0000.


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