El Paso, TX (PRWEB) March 26, 2014
Guerra & Farah, PLLC’s Houston and El Paso personal injury lawyers were successful in securing a $225,000 settlement for loved ones who were left behind following the death of an 18-year-old woman (Cuevas v. Hush, INC. d/b/a Hush Nightclub, Deschamps and Johnson, Case No. 2012-72631, 125th Harris County District Court in Harris County, Texas).
According to court records, the family members of the deceased young woman sued an 18-and-over club for allegedly serving the young woman alcohol despite that fact that she was showing obvious signs of intoxication. The young woman drove herself after leaving the bar, lost control of her vehicle, and died at the scene of the accident, court documents show.
These types of cases are commonly referred to as “dram shop” cases. The term “dram shop” refers to commercial establishments that sell and serve alcohol, such as bars and nightclubs. Many states have dram shop laws that hold these commercial establishments liable if someone is injured as a result of the establishment over-serving alcohol to one of its patrons. Under Texas’ dram shop laws, (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code §2.02) an establishment can be sued if it provided alcohol to someone who was obviously intoxicated to the point where he or she clearly posed a danger to others or to himself or herself, and this intoxication then caused damages.
While the state of Texas has these laws, it also has laws that provide bars and clubs with numerous protections against lawsuits for alleged over-service of alcohol. In the recent case handled by Guerra & Farah, PLLC, court documents show that the law firm was able to reach a settlement despite the fact that a motion for summary judgment was looming. Out of the $225,000 settlement, the decedent’s 10-month-old son whom she left behind will receive a net settlement of about $130,000, and the father will receive a net settlement of $15,000, according to the court records.
Guerra & Farah, PLLC is a law firm that fights tirelessly to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions. The firm advocates for injury victims and their family members, helping them fight for the maximum level of compensation after they suffer from damages. The attorneys at Guerra & Farah, PLLC—who have more than 30 years of combined legal experience—are ready to assist with all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims and lawsuits. The firm’s legal team also handles criminal defense cases, employment law cases and insurance claims. Individuals who are interested in free initial legal advice should not hesitate to fill out Guerra & Farah’s free case evaluation form. More information about the firm is available at http://www.gflawoffices.com.