Bar and Tavern Liability

55%

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16 to 25 year olds, and alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in 55% of those crashes.

IT’S AGAINST THE LAW TO OVER-SERVE ALCOHOL

Bars and Taverns or any establishment licensed to serve alcohol in Ontario must comply with the Liquor Licence Act. Furthermore, the staff at these establishments must be certified by Smart Serve. We at Benjamin Law are familiar with the requirements that the Liquor Licence Act and Smart Serve demand.

If the bar or tavern serves alcohol to someone who is already visibly intoxicated and the intoxicated person then causes severe injury to another person or even themselves, whether through a physical fight or a drunk driving accident, the law states that, the bar or tavern will be liable for injuries that the patron causes to another or themselves. If you have been involved in a collision with a drunk driver or altercation with a drunk individual and are unsure as to whether a bar or tavern might share liability for your injuries, please contact us today at Benjamin Law.

BARS AND TAVERNS HAVE CERTAIN OBLIGATIONS

Bars and Taverns are required to keep their premises reasonably safe. If the premises are deemed hazardous, resulting in injury to their patron, they may held liable for damages. Examples of potential bar and tavern liability can include  

  • management employing insufficient, negligent or incompetent security,
  • an assault occurs as a result or their security (Bouncers) use excessive force against a patron
  • inadequate lighting or other building code violations.

LET BENJAMIN LAW GUIDE YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

In these legal cases, The investigation is key. We need to quickly gather witnesses, obtain video surveillance, retain experts such as toxicologist, pharmacologist, engineers and accident re-constructionists, obtain any records of the tavern to ensure evidence is preserved. It is also important to secure any receipts or records of alcohol purchases. Our understanding how to deal with the complex issues of a bar and tavern liability claim is critical to your success.